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dracaena

Line breaks: dra|caena
Pronunciation: /drəˈsiːnə
 
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Definition of dracaena in English:

noun

A tropical palm-like shrub or tree with ornamental foliage, popular as a greenhouse or indoor plant.
  • Genera Dracaena and Cordyline, family Agavaceae.
Example sentences
  • Roxanne has replaced some of the original plantings with palms, bamboo, dracaenas, and other large-scale tropicals that are thought of as houseplants in colder climates.
  • Cut back dracaenas if you want a more bushy, multi-stemmed plant.
  • The nursery is currently being used to produce ornamentals such as plumeria, monstera, and dracaena.

Origin

modern Latin, from Greek drakaina, feminine of drakōn 'serpent, dragon' (the genus Dracaena includes Dracaena draco, the dragon tree).

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