nolina

noun
no·li·na | \nōˈlīnə\

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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History and Etymology for nolina

New Latin, after P. C. Nolin 18th century French botanist and cleric

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