Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A tall branching yucca plant (Yucca brevifolia) of the southwest United States, having large clusters of greenish-white flowers.

from The Century Dictionary.

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

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

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

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

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Probably after Joshua, from the resemblance of the tree's greatly extended branches to Joshua's outstretched arm as he pointed with his spear to the city of Ai (Joshua 8:18).]

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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).

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