sansevieria

sansevieria

[san-suh-vee-eer-ee-uh, -suh-veer-ee-uh]
noun
any plant belonging to the genus Sansevieria, of the agave family, grown as a houseplant for its stiff, sword-shaped leaves and white or yellow flowers.

Origin:
1795–1805; < Neo-Latin; named after San Seviero, principality of Raimondo di Sangro (1710–71), learned Neapolitan; see -ia

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sansevieria (ˌsænsɪˈvɪərɪə)
 
n
any herbaceous perennial plant of the liliaceous genus Sansevieria, of Old World tropical regions. Some are cultivated as house plants for their erect bayonet-like fleshy leaves of variegated green (mother-in-law's tongue); others yield useful fibre (bowstring hemp)
 
[New Latin, named after Raimondo di Sangro (1710--71), Italian scholar and prince of San Severo]

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