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
2 : cassava
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Turner pointed out a series of triangular wedges in a slope rising 1,000 feet above the road and covered with the stubble of yucca and rabbitbrush.
A whole ecosystem emerging from burrows beneath rocks and yucca and creosote.
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Origin and Etymology of yucca
New Latin, from Spanish yuca, of unknown origin
First Known Use: 1664
YUCCA Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of yucca for English Language Learners
: a type of plant that grows in dry regions and has hard pointed leaves at the base and a long stem with white flowers
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Definition of yucca for Students
: 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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