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Adam's-needle

[ad-uh mz-need-l]
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noun
  1. a yucca, Yucca filamentosa, grown as an ornamental, having sword-shaped leaves and a tall spike of creamy-white, bell-shaped flowers.
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Origin of Adam's-needle

An Americanism dating back to 1750–60
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Adam's-needle

noun
  1. a North American liliaceous plant, Yucca filamentosa, that has a tall woody stem, stiff pointed leaves, and large clusters of white flowers arranged in spikes. It is cultivated as an ornamental plantSee also Spanish bayonet
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