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.
Historical Examples

The modesty of the violet is nowhere when compared with the aspidistra!
Small Gardens Violet Purton Biddle

An aspidistra (please note spelling) is the best plant there is for roughing it.
Small Gardens Violet Purton Biddle

The open inner door showed a bright linoleum on the floor, and the end of a brown side-board on which stood an aspidistra.
Aaron’s Rod D. H. Lawrence

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

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