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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

yuc•caˈyʌk ə(n.)(pl.)-cas.

  1. any New World plant of the genus Yucca, of the agave family, having rigid sword-shaped leaves and white flowers borne in a dense terminal cluster.

    Category: Plants

Origin of yucca:

1655–65; < NL, appar. < Sp; perh. orig. identical with yuca cassava

Princeton's WordNet

  1. yucca(noun)

    any of several evergreen plants of the genus Yucca having usually tall stout stems and a terminal cluster of white flowers; warmer regions of North America

Wiktionary

  1. yucca(Noun)

    Any of several evergreen plants, of the genus Yucca, having long, pointed, and rigid leaves at the top of a woody stem, and bearing a large panicle of showy white blossoms.

  2. Yucca(ProperNoun)

    The Yucca mountain.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Yucca(noun)

    see Flicker, n., 2

  2. Yucca(noun)

    a genus of American liliaceous, sometimes arborescent, plants having long, pointed, and often rigid, leaves at the top of a more or less woody stem, and bearing a large panicle of showy white blossoms

Freebase

  1. Yucca

    Yucca is a genus of perennial shrubs and trees in the family Asparagaceae, subfamily Agavoideae. Its 40-50 species are notable for their rosettes of evergreen, tough, sword-shaped leaves and large terminal panicles of white or whitish flowers. They are native to the hot and dry parts of North America, Central America, South America, and the Caribbean. Early reports of the species were confused with the cassava. Consequently, Linnaeus mistakenly derived the generic name from the Carib word for the latter, yuca. It is also colloquially known in the Midwest United States as "ghosts in the graveyard", as it is commonly found growing in rural graveyards and when in bloom the flowers appear as floating apparitions.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Yucca

    A genus (and common name) in the AGAVACEAE family. It is known for SAPONINS in the root that are used in SOAPS.

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