Definition of mother-in-law's tongue in English:

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mother-in-law's tongue

Pronunciation: /ˈməT͟Hər ən ˌlôz ˌtəNG/

noun

A West African plant of the agave family, having long slender leaves with yellow marginal stripes, often grown as a houseplant.
  • Sansevieria trifasciata, family Agavaceae
Example sentences
  • For instance they won't eat anything in the aloe family or leathery leafed plants such as mother-in-law's tongue.
  • If the bathroom is cold for most of the day, choose sansevierias (mother-in-law's tongue) - which will also survive in a poorly lit bathroom - or Nepenthes alata, a carnivorous plant with unusual hanging red traps.
  • All over the Caribbean, it is known as ‘mother-in-law's tongue’.

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Syllabification: moth·er-in-law's tongue

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