Definition of dracaena in English:

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Pronunciation: /drəˈsēnə/


A tropical palmlike shrub or tree with ornamental foliage, popular as a greenhouse or indoor plant.
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.


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

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Syllabification: dra·cae·na

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