Definition of dracaena in English:



  • A tropical palmlike shrub or tree with ornamental foliage, popular as a greenhouse or indoor plant.

    • ‘The nursery is currently being used to produce ornamentals such as plumeria, monstera, and dracaena.’
    • ‘Roxanne has replaced some of the original plantings with palms, bamboo, dracaenas, and other large-scale tropicals that are thought of as houseplants in colder climates.’
    • ‘Cut back dracaenas if you want a more bushy, multi-stemmed plant.’
    • ‘Strictly speaking, it's a cordyline, not a dracaena, but that's not important.’
    • ‘We also grow other dracaena varieties as potted, indoor plants.’


Modern Latin, from Greek drakaina, feminine of drakōn serpent, dragon (the genus Dracaena includes Dracaena draco, the dragon tree).