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guayule

[gwah-yoo-lee, wah-; Spanish gwah-yoo-le] /gwɑˈyu li, wɑ-; Spanish gwɑˈyu lɛ/
noun, plural guayules
[gwah-yoo-leez, wah-; Spanish gwah-yoo-les] /gwɑˈyu liz, wɑ-; Spanish gwɑˈyu lɛs/ (Show IPA)
1.
a composite shrub, Parthenium argentatum, of the southwestern U.S. and Mexico, yielding a form of rubber.
2.
the rubber obtained from this plant.
Origin
1905-1910
1905-10, Americanism; < Mexican Spanish < Nahuatl cuauholli or huauholli, equivalent to cuahu(itl) tree or huauh(tli) amaranth + olli rubber
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British Dictionary definitions for guayule

guayule

/ɡwəˈjuːlɪ/
noun
1.
a bushy shrub, Parthenium argentatum, of the southwestern US: family Asteraceae (composites)
2.
rubber derived from the sap of this plant
Word Origin
from American Spanish, from Nahuatl cuauhuli, from cuahuitl tree + uli gum
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Encyclopedia Article for guayule

rubber-containing desert shrub of the family Asteraceae, native to the north-central plateau of Mexico and the Big Bend area of Texas. It has small white flowers and narrow silvery leaves that alternate along the stem. Prehistoric Indians are believed to have obtained rubber by chewing the bark of the plant. The modern method is to macerate the shrub mechanically.

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