Pacific yew

noun

Definition of 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

First Known Use of Pacific yew

circa 1890, in the meaning defined above

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“Pacific yew.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Pacific%20yew. Accessed 10 Jul. 2020.

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