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.
Origin of bowstring hemp
First recorded in 1865–70
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a hemplike fibre obtained from the sansevieria
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