- any of certain plants belonging to the genus Yucca, of the agave family, having narrow, spine-tipped leaves and a cluster of white flowers.
Origin of Spanish bayonet
An Americanism dating back to 1835–45; in allusion to its tropical American origin
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Only the stubborn aloes, the Spanish-bayonet, and the prickly-pears kept their position.
- 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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