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aspidistra

[as-pi-dis-truh] /ˌæs pɪˈdɪs trə/
noun
1.
any of several plants belonging to the genus Aspidistra, of the lily family, native to eastern Asia, especially A. eliator, having large evergreen leaves often striped with white, and grown as a houseplant.
Also called barroom plant, cast-iron plant, iron plant.
Origin
1815-1825
1815-25; < Neo-Latin, equivalent to aspid- (< Greek: stem of aspís shield) + -istra, extracted from Tupistra genus of liliaceous plants < Greek typís mallet + Latin -tra plural of -trum noun suffix denoting instrument
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aspidistra

/ˌæspɪˈdɪstrə/
noun
1.
any Asian plant of the liliaceous genus Aspidistra, esp A. lurida, a popular house plant with long tough evergreen leaves and purplish flowers borne on the ground
Word Origin
C19: from New Latin, from Greek aspis shield, on the model of Tupistra genus of liliaceous plants
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