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century plant

noun
1.
any New World plant of the genus Agave, requiring many years to mature and blooming once before dying, especially the widely cultivated species A. americana, having leaves in a basal rosette and a tall flower stalk.
Origin
1755-1765
1755-65, Americanism
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  • The leaves of the century plant have a blue-gray color.
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century plant

noun
1.
an agave, Agave americana, native to tropical America but naturalized elsewhere, having very large spiny greyish leaves and greenish flowers on a tall fleshy stalk. It blooms only once in its life, after 10 to 30 years (formerly thought to flower after a century) Also called American aloe
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