cordyline

noun
cor·​dy·​li·​ne | \ ˌkȯ(r)dᵊlˈī(ˌ)nē \

Definition of cordyline

1 capitalized : a genus of tropical Old World plants (family Liliaceae) having a creeping rhizome and often included in the genus Dracaena but distinguished by the single ovule in each cell of the ovary and by the solitary pedicles — see ti — compare dracaena
2 plural -s : any tree of the genus Cordyline

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History and Etymology for cordyline

New Latin, irregular from Late Greek kordylē club, from Greek, bump, swelling; from the stout caudex

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“Cordyline.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cordyline. Accessed 6 December 2019.

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