agave

[uh-gah-vee, uh-gey-]
noun
any of numerous American plants belonging to the genus Agave, of the agave family, species of which are cultivated for economic or ornamental purposes: A. arizonica, of central Arizona, is an endangered species.

Origin:
< Neo-Latin (Linnaeus) < Greek agauḗ, feminine of agauós noble, brilliant

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agave (əˈɡeɪvɪ, ˈæɡeɪv)
 
n
See also century plant any plant of the genus Agave, native to tropical America, with tall flower stalks rising from a massive, often armed, rosette of thick fleshy leaves: family Agavaceae. Some species are the source of fibres such as sisal or of alcoholic beverages such as pulque and tequila
 
[C18: New Latin, from Greek agauē, feminine of agauos illustrious, probably alluding to the height of the plant]

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agave
"American aloe plant," 1797, from L. Agave, from Gk. Agaue, proper name in mythology (mother of Pentheus), from agauos "noble," perhaps from agasthai "wonder at," from gaiein "to rejoice, exult," with intensive prefix a-. The name seems to have been taken generically by botanists, the plant perhaps so
called for its "stately" flower stem.
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Check out the beautiful cacti, agave, and other desert plants and learn how they thrive in an extreme environment.
The stair-stepping shapes found on local buildings, paired with the agave form, create a wave motion.
They ate the nutritious heart of the agave and used fibers from its leaves to make rope.
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