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bowstring hemp

noun
1.
any of various fibrous plants of the genus Sansevieria, of Asia and Africa, having stiff, erect, variegated or mottled leaves, cultivated in the U.S. as an ornamental.
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1865-1870
1865-70
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bowstring hemp

noun
1.
a hemplike fibre obtained from the sansevieria
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