Joshua tree

Joshua tree

noun
an evergreen tree, Yucca brevifolia, growing in arid or desert regions of the southwestern U.S., having long, twisted branches.
Also called tree yucca.


Origin:
1895–1900

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Joshua tree
 
n
a treelike desert yucca plant, Yucca brevifolia, of the southwestern US, with sword-shaped leaves and greenish-white flowers
 
[named after the prophet Joshua, alluding to the extended branches of the tree]

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