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.

1655–65; < Neo-Latin, apparently < Spanish; perhaps orig. identical with yuca yuca

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

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Central and S.Amer. name for the cassava plant, 1555, from Sp. yuca, juca (1497), probably from Taino, native language of Haiti.
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