American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Any of several tropical plants of the genera Dracaena and Cordyline, some species of which are cultivated as house plants for their decorative foliage.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A genus of liliaceous trees, natives of the tropical regions of Africa, Asia, and Polynesia, including about 35 species. The leaves are large, lanceolate, and entire, often somewhat fleshy, and are borne in tufts at the ends of the branches. The flowers are small and the fruit is baccate. Various species are cultivated in greenhouses and in ornamental grounds on account of their foliage and tropical habit, though some that are known under the name belong rather to the related genus Cordyline. The most remarkable species is the dragon-tree, D. Draco, of the Canary islands, which yields a resin called dragon's-blood. It is of rapid growth, and attains sometimes a gigantic size. A famous tree at Orotava, on Teneriffe, which was destroyed by a hurricane in 1867, was about 75 feet high and 79 feet in circumference near the base, and was of nearly the same size in 1402.
- n. botany Any of the genus Dracaena of liliaceous plants with woody stems and funnel-shaped flowers.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Bot.) A genus of liliaceous plants with woody stems and funnel-shaped flowers.
- n. an agave that is often cultivated for its decorative foliage
- From Latin (Wiktionary)
- Late Latin, female dragon, from Greek drakaina, feminine of drakōn, serpent; see dragon. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The fruit of the dracaena is a yellow-orange berry.”
“In Mexico, dracaena is used as a a border plant, as well as an outdoor potted plant.”
In Mexico, dracaena is used as a a border plant, as well as an outdoor potted plant. The showy specimen thrives in the tropical climate of this Mexico beach area on the Pacific coast. © Linda Abbott Trapp, 2009
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“It was not the trees and lianas only that were beautiful in these sunny openings, but the ferns, mosses, orchids, and selaginellas, with the crimson-tipped dracaena, and the crimson-veined caladium, and the great red nepenthe with purple blotches on its nearly diaphanous pitchers, and another pitcher-plant of an epiphytal habit, with pea-green pitchers scrambling to a great height over the branches of the smaller trees.”
“One of them was a dracaena, and my other neighbor said that”
“The place and its people at one with the lonesome moors, the adamantine rocks and such strange trees as the dracaena.”
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