One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A West African plant of the agave family, having long slender leaves with yellow marginal stripes, often grown as a houseplant.
- ‘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.’
- ‘For instance they won't eat anything in the aloe family or leathery leafed plants such as mother-in-law's tongue.’
- ‘All over the Caribbean, it is known as ‘mother-in-law's tongue’.’
mother-in-law's tongue/ˈməT͟Hər ən ˌlôz ˌtəNG/
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