san·​se·​vie·​ria | \ ˌsan(t)-sə-ˈvir-ē-ə \

Definition of sansevieria

: any of a genus (Sansevieria) of tropical perennial herbs of the agave family with showy mottled sword-shaped leaves usually yielding a strong fiber especially : snake plant

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Divide clump-forming foliage plants like spathiphyllum and sansevieria. Tom Maccubbin,, "August in the garden," 29 July 2017

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First Known Use of sansevieria

1804, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for sansevieria

New Latin, from Raimondo di Sangro, prince of San Severo †1774 Italian scholar

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