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  • proper n. A taxonomic genus within the family Ruscaceae — the aspidistras.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. an evergreen perennial (Aspidistra elatio) with large handsome basal leaves; grown primarily as a foliage houseplant.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A genus of the Liliaceæ, one species of which (A. lurida) from China is a common florists' plant.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. evergreen perennial with large handsome basal leaves; grown primarily as a foliage houseplant


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  • Winston Smith: Is either one of you familiar with an early George Orwell novel called Keep the Aspidistra Flying?

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  • The money they had expected for Keep the Aspidistra Flying in October would not now be paid until April, while The Road to Wigan Pier, Orwell's account of his journey round the unemployment blackspots of the north of England, undertaken earlier in the year, was several chapters away from completion.

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