Definitions

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

  • noun Any of various evergreen plants of the genera Yucca and Hesperoyucca of the southern United States, Mexico, and Central America, having stiff sword-shaped leaves, clusters of white flowers, and sometimes a thick treelike stem.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The name given in western South America to Manihot Aipi (see Manioc). The latter name is not known in Peru and Chile or Bolivia, only ‘yuca’ being used. It is extensively consumed as a vegetable. The name is also common throughout Central America.
  • noun A plant of the genus Yucca.
  • noun [capitalized] [NL. (Dillenius, 1719).] A genus of liliaceous plants, of the tribe Dracæneæ.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Zoöl.) See flicker, n., 2.
  • noun (Bot.) A genus of American liliaceous, sometimes arborescent, plants having long, pointed, and often rigid, leaves at the top of a more or less woody stem, and bearing a large panicle of showy white blossoms.
  • noun (Zoöl.) a small silvery moth (Pronuba yuccasella) whose larvæ feed on plants of the genus Yucca.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun Any of several evergreen plants, of the genus Yucca, having long, pointed, and rigid leaves at the top of a woody stem, and bearing a large panicle of showy white blossoms.

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

  • noun any of several evergreen plants of the genus Yucca having usually tall stout stems and a terminal cluster of white flowers; warmer regions of North America

Etymologies

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

[From New Latin Yucca, genus name, from Spanish yuca, cassava, from Taíno.]

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Variant of yuca, from Galibi Carib yuca ("cassava"), because Linnaeus and others confused it with that plant.

Examples

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  • And fried yucca = delicious.

    August 16, 2009

  • Which yucca?

    August 16, 2009