a tree (Yucca brevifolia) of the agave family, found in the SW U.S. and characterized by branches that are extended grotesquely like upraised arms and by dagger-shaped, spine-tipped leaves
Origin of Joshua treeuncertain or unknown; perhaps Mormon coinage on the fancied resemblance of the angular branches to the arms of Joshua leading the Israelites
A tall branching yucca plant (Yucca brevifolia) of the southwest United States, having large clusters of greenish-white flowers.
Origin of Joshua treeProbably after Joshua1, from the resemblance of the tree's greatly extended branches to Joshua's outstretched arm as he pointed with his spear to the city of Ai (Joshua 8:18).
(plural Joshua trees)
- A yucca, Yucca brevifolia, of the southwestern U.S., with spiky leaves.
Apparently from the resemblance of the tree to Joshua holding out his spear.