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
2 : cassava

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There’s also the essential Brazilian farofa - coarse yucca flour crumb topping made with butter and bacon fat to sprinkle over and add complexity to the best accompaniment, feijoada. Beth Segal, cleveland.com, "Cello’s Grill: Carnivorous pleasures abound at this Cleveland Brazilian-style steakhouse," 1 Aug. 2019 The yucca is a marvelous plant that once provided soap and quill tools to Native Americans. Chris Erskine, latimes.com, "In the glow of a mountain campsite that’s closer than you’d believe," 13 June 2019 From roasted chicken tacos and yucca fries to cheese tortellini with tomato sauce, kids have plenty of options on the menu at Shoefly Public House. Emily Sabens, Indianapolis Star, "Kid-friendly restaurants: 9 places in Indianapolis with the best children's menus," 29 Aug. 2019 In one section of the show, visitors can tune in to the sounds of a giant yucca plant growing; in others, stalks of corn and plants absorbing water via their roots take center stage. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "Listen to the Sounds of Succulents at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden," 29 Aug. 2019 Nez said words for the code came from everyday words used on the reservation, such as lamb, nut, quiver, cross and yucca. Betty Reid, azcentral, "To Chester Nez, last of the original Code Talkers, the words are more than a code," 29 Aug. 2019 The trees are part of the yucca tree species and can live to be over 150 years old, according to the National Park Service. Lauren M. Johnson, CNN, "We may have a future without Joshua trees thanks to climate change, study says," 2 Aug. 2019 The ingredients—a combination of manuka honey, Vitamin E, aloe, and yucca—clarify skin while also soothing and maintaining your natural pH. Braelyn Wood, Health.com, "These All-Natural Toner Pads Are My One-Step Skincare Routine After Every Workout," 19 July 2019 Save Salvo Patria for dinner; expect decadent dishes like smoked trout yucca croquettes and pork ribs marinated in coffee cherry cascara vinegar. Michaela Trimble, Vogue, "An Insider’s Guide to Chapinero Alto, the Williamsburg of Bogotá," 12 Apr. 2019

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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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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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