an evergreen tree, Yucca brevifolia, growing in arid or desert regions of the southwestern U.S., having long, twisted branches.
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Origin of Joshua tree
First recorded in 1895–1900
Also called tree yucca.
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British Dictionary definitions for joshua tree
a treelike desert yucca plant, Yucca brevifolia, of the southwestern US, with sword-shaped leaves and greenish-white flowers
Word Origin for Joshua tree
named after the prophet Joshua, alluding to the extended branches of the tree
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