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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Examples of yucca in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Those seeking picnic fare can find yucca chips and salsas, among other snacks, plus cold beer and Michelada mix. Elena Kadvany, San Francisco Chronicle, 31 Aug. 2021 Drought friendly Texas red yucca (Hesperaloe) grows at Red Butter Gardens in Salt Lake City on Monday, July 26, 2021. Caroleine James, The Salt Lake Tribune, 1 Aug. 2021 Hallway Dried yucca blooms decorate a hallway that’s dominated by artifacts the couple has collected over the years, including a carved wooden shield from Africa and a Navajo rug. Lauren Jones, House Beautiful, 1 July 2021 The yucca has been shown to combat dandruff as well as improve joint comfort. Chris Hachey, BGR, 7 May 2021 English ivy is tucked in among the native Mexican plants — including elephant ears and yucca — just at it is there. Deborah Martin, San Antonio Express-News, 5 May 2021 The massive quartz monzonite boulders and its namesake Seussian yucca trees lend a quirky feeling to the 790,636-acre park. Emily Pennington, Travel + Leisure, 30 Mar. 2021 In a video posted by the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture in Santa Fe, Weahkee demonstrates the techniques used to prepare yucca fibers and feathers and weave the blanket. Livia Gershon, Smithsonian Magazine, 2 Dec. 2020 In 1995, one of San Martin’s employees sent a fax to Paul Hiley, whose business at that time revolved around saponins from Mexican yucca. Brendan Borrell, The Atlantic, 21 Oct. 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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13 Sep 2021

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“Yucca.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/yucca. Accessed 22 Oct. 2021.

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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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