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  • n. A yucca, Yucca brevifolia, of the southwestern U.S. with spiky leaves.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A small tree, Yucca brevifolia, found in some elevated desert regions of the western United States.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a large branched arborescent yucca of southwestern United States having short leaves and clustered greenish white flowers

Etymologies

Apparently from the resemblance of the tree to Joshua holding out his spear (Joshua 8:18: ‘And the LORD said unto Joshua, stretch out the spear that is in thy hand toward Ai; for I will give it into thine hand. And Joshua stretched out the spear that he had in his hand toward the city.’ KJV). (Wiktionary)

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