agave definition

  • noun:
    • some of many plants of genus Agave, indigenous to hot, dried out elements of the New World and achieving basal rosettes of difficult, sword-shaped, often spiny-margined leaves. Agaves are cultivated for decoration, fibre, and meals. Also known as century plant.
    • A plant for the genus Agave which includes the maguey or century plant. Attaining readiness, it produces a gigantic flower stem.
    • A genus of flowers (order Amaryllidace√¶) of which the principle species is the maguey or century plant (Agave Americana), incorrectly known as Aloe. Its from ten to seventy years, in accordance with weather, in attaining readiness, when it produces a gigantic rose stem, sometimes forty legs in height, and perishes. The fermented juice is the pulque of the Mexicans; distilled, it yields mescal. A strong thread and a challenging report are made of the leaves, and the lumber has many utilizes.
    • A large united states genus of flowers, of normal purchase Amaryllidace√¶, mainly Mexican.
    • [lowercase] A plant of this genus.
    • exotic American plants with basal rosettes of fibrous sword-shaped leaves and flowers in high spikes; some cultivated for ornament or for fiber

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