Definition of nolina
1 capitalized : a genus of perennial plants (family Liliaceae) of the southern U.S. and Mexico that resemble yuccas and have a thick woody trunk often much dilated at its base and narrow rigid finely serrate leaves which have been used as a source of a hard cordage fiber
2 plural -s : any plant of the genus Nolina : bear grass
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Origin and Etymology of nolina
New Latin, after P. C. Nolin 18th century French botanist and cleric
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