Definition of Adam's needle in US English:

Adam's needle

(also Adam's needle-and-thread)


  • A frost-hardy yucca native to the eastern US, with long leaves that are edged with white threads.

    Yucca filamentosa, family Agavaceae

    • ‘For landlubbers, a hiking trail winds through oak and mesquite forest, punctuated by the occasional Adam's needle cacti.’
    • ‘The common yucca, Y. filamentosa, is also known as Eve's thread or Adam's needle, since both threads and needles can be made from the leaves.’
    • ‘There is much confusion regarding how many species of Adam's needle there are.’