yuc·​ca | \ ˈyə-kə How to pronounce yucca (audio) \

Definition of yucca

1 : 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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Recent Examples on the Web Now, Koki, who is from Peru, is taking the reins with a Peruvian set: pollo alla brasa marinated in aji panca, fried yucca, chicken fat rice and a red onion salad dressed with key lime juice. Soleil Ho, SFChronicle.com, "Oakland’s in-demand jerk chicken pop-up is pushing boundaries," 27 Aug. 2020 The arid plain is dotted with blooming yucca in the spring, sage and rabbit brush, Indian paintbrush and other wildflowers. Rahawa Haile, Smithsonian Magazine, "Why the Valley of the Gods Inspires Such Reverence," 10 June 2020 Underneath the palms are soft leaf yucca, which are shade tolerant as the palms grow. Nicole Villalpando, USA TODAY, "Austinites’ backyard oasis became ‘godsend’ during coronavirus," 19 June 2020 Of course, a meal of Cuban dishes is never complete without coffee and dessert, whether ice cream, pastelitos, marinated papaya, or yucca buñuelos. Saveur Editors, Saveur, "Our 10 Best Cuban Recipes," 18 May 2020 On windy days, pieces of plastic wrap drifted away from the construction site and stuck to the yucca trees. Marina Koren, The Atlantic, "Why SpaceX Wants a Tiny Texas Neighborhood So Badly," 31 Mar. 2020 Admire edible delights like the purple prickly pear cactus and the yucca flower, both of which have helped native populations survive. Dakota Kim, Sunset Magazine, "Sand Sledding, Desert Flowers, and Perseid Showers: All the Beautifully Surreal Things to Do in White Sands National Park," 11 Feb. 2020 Last January, four members of a Jamundi farm family that cultivated crops like bananas and yucca were found shot to death, authorities told local media at the time. Washington Post, "Town on edge in Colombia after 5 killed, 2 vehicles burned," 18 Jan. 2020 Learn about the stubbornly resilient powers of the agave and yucca, and stop to smell the various flowers, including that of the desert willow. Dakota Kim, Sunset Magazine, "Sand Sledding, Desert Flowers, and Perseid Showers: All the Beautifully Surreal Things to Do in White Sands National Park," 11 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of yucca

1664, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for yucca

New Latin, from Spanish yuca, of unknown origin

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31 Aug 2020

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“Yucca.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/yucca. Accessed 24 Oct. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of yucca

: a type of plant that grows in dry regions and has hard pointed leaves at the base and a long stem with white flowers


yuc·​ca | \ ˈyə-kə How to pronounce yucca (audio) \

Kids Definition of yucca

: a plant that grows in warm dry regions and has stiff pointed leaves at the base and a tall stiff stalk of usually whitish flowers

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