yuc·​ca ˈyə-kə How to pronounce yucca (audio)
: any of a genus (Yucca) of sometimes arborescent plants of the agave family that occur in warm regions chiefly of western North America and have long sword-shaped often stiff fibrous-margined leaves on a usually woody base and bear a large panicle of white blossoms

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Examples of yucca in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The trail, lined with yucca, mountain lilac and lemonade berry, is well maintained. Maura Fox, San Diego Union-Tribune, 5 May 2024 The whole chicken meal comes with three family sides – your choice of plantains, cilantro rice, sweet potato fries, french fries or yucca – and costs just $28.95. Alexandra Maloney, Charlotte Observer, 29 Apr. 2024 Made with natural ingredients like yucca extract and parsley, these treats work as a deterrent while also providing essential nutrients for your furry friend's well-being. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 24 July 2023 Succulents: coral aloe (Aloe striata), prickly pear cactus (Opuntia), yucca. Nan Sterman, San Diego Union-Tribune, 6 Apr. 2024 Prince’s plume, Harriman’s yucca, claret cup, prickly pear, and Parry’s biscuitroot can all be sighted among this Martian landscape. Krista Simmons and J.d. Simkins, Sunset Magazine, 8 Mar. 2024 Keep an eye out for more blooming succulents like the yucca, cholla cactus, hedgehog cactus, beavertail cactus, and Mojave mound cactus. Joe Yogerst, Forbes, 28 Feb. 2024 The reservoir was low, the yucca plants were going to seed, and discarded Starbucks cups blew across the road like tumbleweed. Maya Binyam, The New Yorker, 11 Mar. 2024 Look for a modern approach to Cuban cuisine that incorporates twists such as cauliflower mash and yucca gnocchi, paella and craft cocktails. Heidi Finley, Charlotte Observer, 20 Feb. 2024

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Word History


New Latin, from Spanish yuca, of unknown origin

First Known Use

1664, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of yucca was in 1664

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“Yucca.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/yucca. Accessed 19 May. 2024.

Kids Definition


yuc·​ca ˈyək-ə How to pronounce yucca (audio)
: any of a genus of plants that are related to the agaves, grow in warm dry regions mostly of western North America, have long pointed often stiff leaves, and produce a tall stiff stalk with whitish flowers

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