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Joshua tree

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noun
  1. an evergreen tree, Yucca brevifolia, growing in arid or desert regions of the southwestern U.S., having long, twisted branches.

Origin of Joshua tree

First recorded in 1895–1900
Also called tree yucca.
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Historical Examples

  • "I have my horse tied out by the lone Joshua-tree," I answered him.

    The Killer

    Stewart Edward White

  • Then I tied my horse to a prominent lone Joshua-tree that would be easy to find, unstrapped the black bag, and started off.

    The Killer

    Stewart Edward White

  • We doubled back through the willows and across the mesquite flat toward the lone Joshua-tree where I had left my horse.

    The Killer

    Stewart Edward White


British Dictionary definitions for joshua tree

Joshua tree

noun
  1. a treelike desert yucca plant, Yucca brevifolia, of the southwestern US, with sword-shaped leaves and greenish-white flowers

Word Origin

named after the prophet Joshua, alluding to the extended branches of the tree
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