Definition of aspidistra in English:

Share this entry


Pronunciation: /ˌaspəˈdistrə/


A bulbous plant with broad tapering leaves, native to eastern Asia and often grown as a houseplant.
  • Genus Aspidistra, family Liliaceae.
Example sentences
  • As a rule of thumb, it's hard to go wrong with classics like the parlour palm, dracaenas, rubber plants, aspidistra (I've always fancied a variegated one), cacti, succulents and the umbrella plant.
  • More than 26,000 people made the trip to inspect the acers and aspidistras at what is fast becoming one of the best, and best-loved, horticultural events in the North of England.
  • Ivy and aspidistras make excellent hall companions, as do bowls of spring buds that can later be transplanted outside.


Early 19th century: modern Latin, from Greek aspis, aspid- 'shield' (because of the shape of the stigma), on the pattern of Tupistra, a related genus.

Words that rhyme with aspidistra


For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: as·pi·dis·tra

Share this entry

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.