maguey

[mag-wey, muh-gey; Spanish mah-gey]
noun
1.
any of several plants of the genus Agave, of the agave family, especially the cantala, A. cantala.
2.
the fiber from these plants.
3.
a rope made from this or a similar fiber.

Origin:
1545–55; < Spanish < Taino

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maguey (ˈmæɡweɪ)
 
n
1.  any of various tropical American agave plants of the genera Agave or Furcraea, esp one that yields a fibre or is used in making an alcoholic beverage
2.  the fibre from any of these plants, used esp for rope
 
[C16: Spanish, from Taino]

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maguey

fibre obtained from the leaf of the plant Agave lurida, a member of the Agavaceae family and native to Mexico. It is shorter and stiffer than henequen, with physical properties similar to the hard leaf fibre cantala, and is used for rope and cordage.

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