from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Any of several eastern Asian plants of the genus Aspidistra in the lily family, especially A. elatior, which has large evergreen basal leaves and small, brownish bell-shaped flowers and is widely cultivated as a houseplant. Also called cast-iron plant.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. any of several Asian plants, of the genus Aspidistra, having large leaves and small bell-shaped flowers; widely cultivated as a houseplant


New Latin Aspidistra, genus name, from Greek aspis, aspid-, shield.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)



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  • Used by George Orwell and Gracie Fields. Common in 19th century middle class England. Oh! It's a plant!

    September 8, 2011

  • Keep it flying. :-)

    November 21, 2007