or dra·ce·na

[ druh-see-nuh ]
/ drəˈsi nə /


any treelike tropical plant of the genus Dracaena, many species of which are cultivated as ornamentals for their showy leaves.
any plant of the closely related genus Cordyline.

Origin of dracaena

< New Latin (Linnaeus) < Greek drákaina, feminine of drákōn dragon
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British Dictionary definitions for dracaena


/ (drəˈsiːnə) /


any tropical plant of the genus Dracaena : some species are cultivated as house plants for their decorative foliage: family AgavaceaeSee also dragon's blood, dragon tree
any of several similar plants of the related genus Cordyline

Word Origin for dracaena

C19: from New Latin, from Latin: she-dragon, from Greek drakaina, feminine of drakōn dragon
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