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

mother-in-law's tongue


  • A West African plant of the agave family, which has long slender leaves with yellow marginal stripes.

    Sansevieria trifasciata, family Agavaceae

    ‘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’.’