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bowstring hemp

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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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Origin of bowstring hemp

First recorded in 1865–70
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British Dictionary definitions for bowstring hemp

bowstring hemp

noun
  1. a hemplike fibre obtained from the sansevieria
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