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Spanish bayonet

  1. any of certain plants belonging to the genus Yucca, of the agave family, having narrow, spine-tipped leaves and a cluster of white flowers.
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Origin of Spanish bayonet

An Americanism dating back to 1835–45; in allusion to its tropical American origin
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Historical Examples of spanish bayonet

  • Only the stubborn aloes, the Spanish-bayonet, and the prickly-pears kept their position.

    Indian Stories Retold From St. Nicholas


British Dictionary definitions for spanish bayonet

Spanish bayonet

  1. any of several American liliaceous plants of the genus Yucca, esp Y. aloifolia, that have a tall woody stem, stiff pointed leaves, and large clusters of white flowers: cultivated for ornamentSee also Adam's-needle
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