any of a genus (Aspidistra) of plants of the lily family, with dark, inconspicuous flowers and stiff, glossy, evergreen leaves: cultivated as a houseplant
Origin of aspidistraModern Latin from Classical Greek aspis, a shield + astron, a star: see astral
Any of various eastern Asian plants of the genus Aspidistra, 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 .
Origin of aspidistraNew Latin Aspidistra genus name from Greek aspis aspid- shield