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[yuhk-uh] /ˈyʌk ə/
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 of yucca
1655-65; < New Latin, apparently < Spanish; perhaps orig. identical with yuca yuca Unabridged
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  • The tall, slender stems of the yucca and infrequent clumps of dwarfed cacti cast clear-edged shadows on the bare, moonlit ground.

    Overland Red Henry Herbert Knibbs
  • Linda gave her a few words of instruction concerning the yucca.

    Her Father's Daughter Gene Stratton-Porter
  • The yucca is a fine lily-like plant resembling the Aloes in general appearance.

    The Romance of Plant Life G. F. Scott Elliot
  • The soles of their moccasins were made of hay and the uppers of yucca fibers.

  • Many of the dry capsules of the yucca plants were examined in October, 1951, and these generally still contained a few seeds.

British Dictionary definitions for yucca


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

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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