spanish-dagger

Spanish dagger

noun
a stemless or short-trunked plant, Yucca gloriosa, of the agave family, native to the southeastern U.S., having leaves nearly 2½ feet (75 cm) long, with a stiff, sharp point, and greenish-white or reddish flowers nearly 4 inches (10 cm) wide.

Origin:
1855–60, Americanism

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spanish dagger

noun
1. yucca of southeastern United States similar to the Spanish bayonets but with shorter trunk and smoother leaves 
2. arborescent yucca of southwestern United States and northern Mexico with sword-shaped leaves and white flowers 
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