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Any of various evergreen plants of the genera Yucca and Hesperoyucca of the southern United States, Mexico, and Central America, having stiff sword-shaped leaves, clusters of white flowers, and sometimes a thick treelike stem.
[From New Latin Yucca, genus name, from Spanish yuca, cassava, from Taíno.]
[C16: from American Spanish yuca, ultimately from an American Indian word]
n., pl. -cas.
any New World plant of the genus Yucca, of the agave family, having rigid sword-shaped leaves and white flowers borne in a dense terminal cluster.
[1655–65; < New Latin, appar. < Sp; perhaps orig. identical with yuca cassava]
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|Noun||1.||yucca - any of several evergreen plants of the genus Yucca having usually tall stout stems and a terminal cluster of white flowers; warmer regions of North America|
genus Yucca - tropical American plants with stiff lancelike leaves and spikes of white blossoms; sometimes considered a genus of Amaryllidaceae
Yucca aloifolia, Spanish bayonet - a stiff yucca with a short trunk; found in the southern United States and tropical America; has rigid spine-tipped leaves and clusters of white flowers
Spanish bayonet, Yucca baccata - tall yucca of the southwestern United States and Mexico having a woody stem and stiff swordlike pointed leaves and a large cluster of white flowers
Joshua tree, Yucca brevifolia - a large branched arborescent yucca of southwestern United States having short leaves and clustered greenish white flowers
Yucca carnerosana, Spanish dagger - arborescent yucca of southwestern United States and northern Mexico with sword-shaped leaves and white flowers
Adam's needle, Adam's needle-and-thread, needle palm, spoonleaf yucca, Yucca filamentosa - yucca with long stiff leaves having filamentlike appendages
Yucca glauca, bear grass - yucca of west central United States having a clump of basal grasslike leaves and a central stalk with a terminal raceme of small whitish flowers
Spanish dagger, Yucca gloriosa - yucca of southeastern United States similar to the Spanish bayonets but with shorter trunk and smoother leaves
bear grass, Yucca smalliana - yucca of southern United States having a clump of basal grasslike leaves and a central stalk with a terminal raceme of small whitish flowers
Our Lord's candle, Yucca whipplei - yucca of southwestern United States and Mexico with a tall spike of creamy white flowers