- an evergreen tree, Yucca brevifolia, growing in arid or desert regions of the southwestern U.S., having long, twisted branches.
Origin of Joshua tree
First recorded in 1895–1900
Also called tree yucca.
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Examples from the Web for joshua tree
"I have my horse tied out by the lone Joshua-tree," I answered him.
Then I tied my horse to a prominent lone Joshua-tree that would be easy to find, unstrapped the black bag, and started off.
We doubled back through the willows and across the mesquite flat toward the lone Joshua-tree where I had left my horse.
- a treelike desert yucca plant, Yucca brevifolia, of the southwestern US, with sword-shaped leaves and greenish-white flowers
named after the prophet Joshua, alluding to the extended branches of the tree