- any plant belonging to the genus Yucca, of the agave family, native to the warmer regions of America, having pointed, usually rigid, sword-shaped leaves and clusters of white, waxy flowers: the state flower of New Mexico.
Origin of yucca
1655–65; < New Latin, apparently < Spanish; perhaps orig. identical with yuca yuca
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Examples from the Web for yucca
Another time he found—and still has, Preston says—a pot that had been repaired with a little love and yucca fiber.Clues for Finding Forrest Fenn’s Buried Treasure, Part 2
March 3, 2013
But the Obama administration put a hold on construction at Yucca Mountain in 2009.
There are other sites in America with long nuclear histories—places like Oak Ridge, Los Alamos, Yucca Mountain.
We talk about stabilizing waste and vitrification and Yucca Mountain—20-, and 30-, and 40-year timelines.
Related to Yucca, the group of four commissioners believed Jaczko was too close to the political process.Nuclear Commission Gregory Jaczko Calls It Quits
May 21, 2012
Linda gave her a few words of instruction concerning the yucca.Her Father's Daughter
The soles of their moccasins were made of hay and the uppers of yucca fibers.The Mountain Chant, A Navajo Ceremony
I thought, too, I could distinguish the form of the yucca plant.
The roots of the yucca, or manioc plant, grow in bunches like potatoes.
No. 31562, which was obtained in a yucca and acacia association, had little fat.Birds from Coahuila, Mexico
Emil K. Urban
C16: from American Spanish yuca, ultimately from an American Indian word
Word Origin and History for yucca
Central and South American name for the cassava plant, 1550s, from Spanish yuca, juca (late 15c.), probably from Taino, native language of Haiti.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper