yucca

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English[edit]

A flowering Adam’s needle or common yucca (Yucca filamentosa) near Kerikeri, New Zealand

Etymology[edit]

Variant of yuca, from Galibi Carib yuca(cassava (Manihot esculenta)), because Carl Linnaeus (1707–1778) and others confused it with that plant.[1][2]

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Noun[edit]

yucca ‎(plural yuccas)

  1. Any of several evergreen plants of the genus Yucca, having long, pointed, and rigid leaves at the top of a woody stem, and bearing a large panicle of showy white blossoms.
  2. (now proscribed, obsolete) The yuca (cassava).

Usage notes[edit]

While yucca was formerly also used on occasion to refer to the yuca (cassava), this usage is now regarded as erroneous.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Mary Irish; Gary Irish (2000) Agaves, Yuccas, and Related Plants: a Gardener's Guide[1], Portland, Or.: Timber Press, ISBN 978-0-88192-442-8, page 18.
  2. ^ Umberto Quattrocchi (2000) CRC World Dictionary of Plant Names[2], volume 4 (R–Z), Boca Raton, Fla.: CRC Press, ISBN 978-0-8493-2678-3, page 2862.

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