[ yuhk-uh ]
/ ˈyʌk ə /


any plant belonging to the genus Yucca, of the agave family, native to the warmer regions of America, having pointed, usually rigid, sword-shaped leaves and clusters of white, waxy flowers: the state flower of New Mexico.

Origin of yucca

1655–65; < New Latin, apparently < Spanish; perhaps orig. identical with yuca yuca
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/ (ˈjʌkə) /


any of several plants of the genus Yucca, of tropical and subtropical America, having stiff lancelike leaves and spikes of white flowers: family AgaraceaeSee also Adam's-needle, Spanish bayonet

Word Origin for yucca

C16: from American Spanish yuca, ultimately from an American Indian word
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