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maguey

[mag-wey, muh-gey; Spanish mah-gey] /ˈmæg weɪ, məˈgeɪ; Spanish mɑˈgeɪ/
noun
1.
any of several plants of the genus Agave, of the agave family, especially the cantala, A. cantala.
2.
the fiber from these plants.
3.
a rope made from this or a similar fiber.
Origin of maguey
1545-1555
1545-55; < Spanish < Taino
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maguey

/ˈmæɡweɪ/
noun
1.
any of various tropical American agave plants of the genera Agave or Furcraea, esp one that yields a fibre or is used in making an alcoholic beverage
2.
the fibre from any of these plants, used esp for rope
Word Origin
C16: Spanish, from Taino
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Word Origin and History for maguey
n.

"agave," 1550s, from Spanish, from Taino, a native Haitian language.

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