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henequen

[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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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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