silversword

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From silver +‎ sword.

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silversword (plural silverswords)

  1. Any member of the genus Argyroxiphium of flowering plants native to Hawaii, with long, narrow leaves sometimes covered in silvery hairs.
    • 2004, Richard Fortey, The Earth, Folio Society 2011, p. 37:
      It takes the silversword twenty years to screw up the energy for its final floral pyrotechnic.