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yucca

[yuhk-uh] /ˈyʌk ə/
noun
1.
any plant belonging to the genus Yucca, of the agave family, native to the warmer regions of America, having pointed, usually rigid, sword-shaped leaves and clusters of white, waxy flowers: the state flower of New Mexico.
Origin
1655-1665
1655-65; < Neo-Latin, apparently < Spanish; perhaps orig. identical with yuca yuca
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British Dictionary definitions for yucca

yucca

/ˈjʌkə/
noun
1.
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
Word Origin
C16: from American Spanish yuca, ultimately from an American Indian word
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Word Origin and History for yucca
n.

Central and South American name for the cassava plant, 1550s, from Spanish yuca, juca (late 15c.), probably from Taino, native language of Haiti.

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