- 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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The said girdle is made of the ti leaves (Dracaena terminalis).Samoa, A Hundred Years Ago And Long Before
These were rather light-skinned, and some quite good-looking, and all wore girdles of dracaena leaves.The Call Of The South
In connexion with the various designs such fine plants as Agave americana, Dracaena indivisa are often used as centre-pieces.
A large number of the garden species of Dracaena are varieties of Cordyline terminalis.
Dracaena and the allied genus Cordyline occur in the warmer regions of the Old World.
C19: from New Latin, from Latin: she-dragon, from Greek drakaina, feminine of drakōn dragon
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