bowstring hemp


: any of various Asian and African sansevierias
also : its soft tough leaf fiber used especially in cordage

Word History

First Known Use

1809, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of bowstring hemp was in 1809

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“Bowstring hemp.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Sep. 2023.

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