Joshua Tree Definition
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.
Webster's New World
- Yucca brevifolia
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Origin of Joshua Tree
Probably after Joshua 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)
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
Apparently from the resemblance of the tree to Joshua holding out his spear.
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