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dragon tree

noun
1.
a tall, treelike plant, Dracaena draco, of the Canary Islands, scarce in the wild but common in cultivation, yielding a variety of dragon's blood.
2.
any of several other plants of the genus Dracaena, as D. marginata, having long, sword-shaped, variously colored leaves, cultivated as ornamentals.
Origin of dragon tree
1605-1615
First recorded in 1605-15
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Historical Examples
  • It includes the dragon tree of Teneriffe (D. Draco), celebrated for producing the resin called dragon's blood.

  • The dragon tree is the slowest of growth among vegetables; it seems also to be slowest in decay.

  • It is crowned, however, with a leaf like that of the palmetto; but the tufts of the dragon tree resemble the yucca in growth.

British Dictionary definitions for dragon tree

dragon tree

noun
1.
a tree, Dracaena draco, of the Canary Islands, having clusters of sword-shaped leaves at the tips of its branches: family Agavaceae. It is a source of dragon's blood
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