One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A tropical palmlike shrub or tree with ornamental foliage, popular as a greenhouse or indoor plant.
Genera Dracaena and Cordyline, family Agavaceae. See also dragon tree
- ‘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).
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