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henequen

or henequin

[hen-uh-kin] /ˈhɛn ə kɪn/
noun
1.
the fiber of an agave, Agave fourcroydes, of Yucatán, used for making ropes, coarse fabrics, etc.
Origin of henequen
1875-1880
1875-80; < American Spanish henequén, earlier geniquén, jeniquén, heniquén, perhaps < an indigenous language of Hispaniola, where the word was allegedly first used
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  • Close by, sitting in the garden, were a row of men busy weaving sacks from henequen fibre.

    The American Egypt Channing Arnold
  • A second year is allowed to pass before the henequen is planted.

    The American Egypt Channing Arnold
  • By the time the sun is up, the cattle have been tended and the Indians are off to the milpas or the henequen fields.

    The American Egypt Channing Arnold
  • Attention is being turned to the cultivation of henequen, which has given favourable results in the neighbouring state of Yucatan.

    Mexico Charles Reginald Enock
  • Triumphal arches of flowers and laurels, of henequen, and one built of oranges surmounted by the national flag, spanned the route.

    The American Egypt Channing Arnold
  • henequen offers many advantages to capital, especially to those investors who dislike to take chances on returns.

    The History of Cuba, vol. 5 Willis Fletcher Johnson
  • Raul dismounted in front of a doorless hut, and began to pull off his corn sack, tugging at the leather thongs and henequen cords.

    When the Owl Cries Paul Bartlett
  • The men, too, who work in the gardens or drive the henequen wagons wear nothing but the breech-cloth and soup-plate straw hats.

    The American Egypt Channing Arnold
  • henequen fiber is used by the Indians for a great variety of purposes.

  • One henequen lord went a few years ago to the St. Louis Exhibition.

    The American Egypt Channing Arnold
British Dictionary definitions for henequen

henequen

/ˈhɛnɪkɪn/
noun
1.
an agave plant, Agave fourcroydes, that is native to Yucatán
2.
the fibre of this plant, used in making rope, twine, and coarse fabrics
Word Origin
C19: from American Spanish henequén, probably of Taino origin
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