yucca


Also found in: Thesaurus, Medical, Acronyms, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.
Related to yucca: cassava

yuc·ca

 (yŭk′ə)
n.
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.]

yucca

(ˈjʌkə)
n
(Plants) any of several plants of the genus Yucca, of tropical and subtropical America, having stiff lancelike leaves and spikes of white flowers: family Agaraceae. See also Adam's-needle, Spanish bayonet
[C16: from American Spanish yuca, ultimately from an American Indian word]

yuc•ca

(ˈyʌk ə)

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]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.yucca - any of several evergreen plants of the genus Yucca having usually tall stout stems and a terminal cluster of white flowersyucca - 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
soap tree, soapweed, soap-weed, Yucca elata - tall arborescent yucca of southwestern United States
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
bush, shrub - a low woody perennial plant usually having several major stems
Translations

yucca

[ˈjʌkə] Nyuca f

yucca

nYucca f, → Palmlilie f

yucca

n (bot) yuca
References in classic literature ?
I was for defying her, but David, who had the knack of women, knew a better way; he craftily proposed that we "should let Irene in," in short, should wreck her, and though I objected, she proved a great success and recognised the yucca filamentosa by its long narrow leaves the very day she joined us.
The few trees and bushes which are common in central Chile decreased rapidly in numbers, and were replaced by a tall plant, something like a yucca in appearance.
Simon Lobdell State College, Pennsylvania Kurt Yeager: Yucca Mountain is certainly a matter of national prerogative.
The company sees several applications of EKOR(TM) at Yucca Mountain:
* The biggest story in the Post on Yucca was an inconclusive "he said, she said" Sunday news analysis piece that focused entirely on the debate over the integrity of the nuclear shipping casks.
"It is now up to the Senate to reject Nevada's veto, and certainly the Senate will take note of the overwhelming bipartisan support the Yucca Mountain project has received in the House," said Energy Secretary Spencer Abraham.
The Yucca Mountain proposal envisions waste being transported by train and truck from across the country to Nevada, and encased in the mountain.
Nevada Governor Kenny Guinn kicked the Yucca debate into high gear last week when he issued the first-ever veto of a presidential initiative.
WiseGuyReports.com adds "Yucca Mohave Extract Market 2018 Global Analysis, Growth, Trends and Opportunities Research Report Forecasting to 2023" reports to its database
Yucca root, although poisonous, is a staple source of food -- when cooked -- among desert dwellers.