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Joshua tree

an evergreen tree, Yucca brevifolia, growing in arid or desert regions of the southwestern U.S., having long, twisted branches.
Also called tree yucca.
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1895-1900 Unabridged
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Joshua tree

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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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