henequin

henequen

[hen-uh-kin]
noun
the fiber of an agave, Agave fourcroydes, of Yucatán, used for making ropes, coarse fabrics, etc.
Also, henequin.


Origin:
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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henequen, henequin or heniquen (ˈhɛnɪkɪn)
 
n
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
 
[C19: from American Spanish henequén, probably of Taino origin]
 
henequin, henequin or heniquen
 
n
 
[C19: from American Spanish henequén, probably of Taino origin]
 
heniquen, henequin or heniquen
 
n
 
[C19: from American Spanish henequén, probably of Taino origin]

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