from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of several tropical African and Asian perennial plants of the genus Sansevieria, having thick, swordlike, spine-tipped leaves grouped in rosettes.
- n. The fibers of any of these plants, used for bowstrings, cordage, mats, and nets.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. the tenacious fiber of the Sanseviera Zeylanica, growing in India and Africa, from which bowstrings are made.
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- n. hemp obtained from the sansevieria
- n. grown as a houseplant for its mottled fleshy sword-shaped leaves or as a source of fiber
- n. strong fiber that resembles hemp; obtained from sansevieria and used for e.g. cordage
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