cantala

cantala

[kan-tah-luh]
noun
1.
a cordage fiber obtained from the leaves of a tropical plant, Agave cantala.
2.
the plant itself.
Also called maguey.


Origin:
1910–15; < Neo-Latin, the species name (orig. cantula), apparently < Sanskrit kaṇṭala a mimosa genus

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cantala (kænˈtɑːlə)
 
n
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
 
[of unknown origin]

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