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dracaena

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noun dra·cae·na \drə-ˈsē-nə\

Definition of dracaena

  1. :  any of two genera (Dracaena and Cordyline) of chiefly Old World tropical shrubs or trees of the agave family that have naked branches ending in tufts of sword-shaped leaves and include some used as houseplants



Origin and Etymology of dracaena

New Latin, from Late Latin, she-serpent, from Greek drakaina, feminine of drakōn serpent — more at dragon


First Known Use: circa 1823


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