[ san-suh-vee-eer-ee-uh, -suh-veer-ee-uh ]
/ ˌsæn sə viˈɪər i ə, -səˈvɪər i ə /


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.

Nearby words

  1. sans-culotte,
  2. sans-culottes,
  3. sans-serif,
  4. sans.,
  5. sansei,
  6. sansk.,
  7. sanskrit,
  8. sanskritic,
  9. sansom,
  10. sanson-flamsteed projection

Origin of sansevieria

1795–1805; < New Latin; named after San Seviero, principality of Raimondo di Sangro (1710–71), learned Neapolitan; see -ia Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for sansevieria


/ (ˌsænsɪˈvɪərɪə) /


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)

Word Origin for sansevieria

New Latin, named after Raimondo di Sangro (1710–71), Italian scholar and prince of San Severo

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