bowstring hemp definition

  • noun:
    • any one of a number of exotic African and Asian perennial plants of this genus Sansevieria, having dense, swordlike, spine-tipped leaves grouped in rosettes.
    • The fibers of any of those flowers, used for bowstrings, cordage, mats, and nets.
    • the tenacious fibre regarding the Sanseviera Zeylanica, growing in Asia and Africa, where bowstrings were created.
    • hemp acquired from sansevieria
    • cultivated as a houseplant because of its mottled fleshy sword-shaped leaves or as a source of fibre
    • powerful fibre that resembles hemp; obtained from sansevieria and used for e.g. cordage

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