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[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)
a composite shrub, Parthenium argentatum, of the southwestern U.S. and Mexico, yielding a form of rubber.
the rubber obtained from this plant.
Origin of guayule
1905-10, Americanism; < Mexican Spanish < Nahuatl cuauholli or huauholli, equivalent to cuahu(itl) tree or huauh(tli) amaranth + olli rubber Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for guayule
Historical Examples
  • They have been down to a packing-shed close by with a load of guayule, and are now returning for another load.

    Rubber Edith A. Browne
  • The guayule shrub is now a further source of Mexican rubber.

    Mexico Charles Reginald Enock
  • The only native source so far utilized is the guayule, which grows wild on the deserts of the Mexican and the American border.

    Creative Chemistry Edwin E. Slosson
  • Subdominants are mariola, guayule, Agave lechugilla, A. stricta or Larrea divaricata.

  • Then we watch the guayule being pitched by hand into crates and tightly jammed therein by being jumped on by the packers.

    Rubber Edith A. Browne
  • guayule rubber is of sufficiently good quality to be used for all but the highest class rubber goods, such as surgical appliances.

    Rubber Edith A. Browne
  • Now guayule is being cultivated and is reaped instead of being uprooted.

    Creative Chemistry Edwin E. Slosson
  • In 1911 seven thousand tons of guayule were imported from Mexico; in 1917 only seventeen hundred tons.

    Creative Chemistry Edwin E. Slosson
  • In the district we have come to visit, several Mexicans are busy gathering in a harvest of guayule.

    Rubber Edith A. Browne
  • guayule” is a resinous rubber secured from a two-foot shrub that grows on the arid plains of Texas and Northern Mexico.

British Dictionary definitions for guayule


a bushy shrub, Parthenium argentatum, of the southwestern US: family Asteraceae (composites)
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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