any of several plants belonging to the genus Aspidistra, of the lily family, native to eastern Asia, especially A. eliator, having large evergreen leaves often striped with white, and grown as a houseplant.
any Asian plant of the liliaceous genus Aspidistra, esp A. lurida, a popular house plant with long tough evergreen leaves and purplish flowers borne on the ground
free or released from fastening or attachment: a loose end. free from anything that binds or restrains; unfettered: loose cats prowling around in alleyways at night. uncombined, as a chemical element. not bound together: to wear one’s hair loose. not put up in a package or other container: loose mushrooms. available for disposal; unused; unappropriated: […]
to throw or hurl; fling: The gambler cast the dice. to throw off or away: He cast the advertisement in the wastebasket. to direct (the eye, a glance, etc.), especially in a cursory manner: She cast her eyes down the page. to cause to fall upon something or in a certain direction; send forth: to […]
a smooth, rounded bead formed within the shells of certain mollusks and composed of the mineral aragonite or calcite in a matrix, deposited in concentric layers as a protective coating around an irritating foreign object: valued as a gem when lustrous and finely colored. Compare cultured pearl. something resembling this, as various synthetic substances for […]
to remove the testes of; emasculate; geld. to remove the ovaries of. Psychology. to render impotent, literally or metaphorically, by psychological means, especially by threatening a person’s masculinity or femininity. to deprive of strength, power, or efficiency; weaken: Without those ten new submarines, our navy will be castrated. a castrated person or animal. Contemporary Examples […]