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iron plant



[as-pi-dis-truh] /ˌæs pɪˈdɪs trə/
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 of aspidistra
1815-25; < New 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 Unabridged
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  • There should be no difficulty in finding the iron plant now.

    The White Moll Frank L. Packard
  • At the present moment, every dollar the entire family has is invested in the iron plant.

    The Price Francis Lynde
  • His father had gone back to his work in the iron plant, and his uncle was preparing to return to his charge in South Tredegar.

    The Quickening Francis Lynde
British Dictionary definitions for iron plant


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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