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[san-suh-vee-eer-ee-uh, -suh-veer-ee-uh]
  1. 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.
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Origin of sansevieria

1795–1805; < New Latin; named after San Seviero, principality of Raimondo di Sangro (1710–71), learned Neapolitan; see -ia
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Historical Examples of sansevieria

  • The leaves of species of Sansevieria yield a valuable fibre.

    Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 16, Slice 6


  • Sisal hemp and Sansevieria have been experimented with, but without any distinct influence upon the trade output.

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British Dictionary definitions for sansevieria


  1. 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)
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Word Origin for sansevieria

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