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 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
A tall branching yucca plant () of the southwest United States, having large clusters of greenish-white flowers.
Origin ofProbably after Joshua 1 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.