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cantala

[kan-tah-luh] /kænˈtɑ lə/
noun
1.
a cordage fiber obtained from the leaves of a tropical plant, Agave cantala.
2.
the plant itself.
Also called maguey.
Origin
1910-1915
1910-15; < Neo-Latin, the species name (orig. cantula), apparently < Sanskrit kaṇṭala a mimosa genus
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cantala

/kænˈtɑːlə/
noun
1.
a tropical American plant, Agave cantala, similar to the century plant: family Agavaceae (agaves)
2.
the coarse tough fibre of this plant, used in making twine
Word Origin
of unknown origin
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