Pacific yew


: a small or medium slow-growing irregularly branched yew (Taxus brevifolia) of the Pacific coast of the U.S. and Canada that yields a fine-grained hardwood and is the source of paclitaxel

Word History

First Known Use

circa 1890, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Pacific yew was circa 1890

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“Pacific yew.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jun. 2024.

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