Definition of Adam's needle in English:

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Adam's needle

(also Adam's needle-and-thread)


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A frost-hardy yucca native to the eastern US, with long leaves that are edged with white threads.
  • Yucca filamentosa, family Agavaceae.
Example sentences
  • For landlubbers, a hiking trail winds through oak and mesquite forest, punctuated by the occasional Adam's needle cacti.
  • The common yucca, Y. filamentosa, is also known as Eve's thread or Adam's needle, since both threads and needles can be made from the leaves.
  • There is much confusion regarding how many species of Adam's needle there are.

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Syllabification: Ad·am's nee·dle

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