Definition of Joshua tree in English:

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Joshua tree

Pronunciation: /ˈdʒɒʃjʊə/


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A yucca which grows as a tree and has clusters of spiky leaves, native to arid regions of south-western North America.
  • Yucca brevifolia, family Agavaceae.
Example sentences
  • It searches among the yucca cactuses and Joshua trees for a lonely radar station atop a mountain peak.
  • Add to this the abundance of dangerous flora and fauna - cacti, yucca plants, Joshua trees, rattlesnakes, scorpions, and spiders - and the propensity for injury when training on ground combat skills increases dramatically.
  • Its vascular structure and secondary growth are not unlike those found in the Joshua tree.


Mid 19th century: apparently from Joshua (Josh. 8:18), the plant being likened to a man brandishing a spear.

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