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guayule

[gwah-yoo-lee, wah-; Spanish gwah-yoo-le] /gwɑˈyu li, wɑ-; Spanish gwɑˈyu lɛ/
noun, plural guayules
[gwah-yoo-leez, wah-; Spanish gwah-yoo-les] /gwɑˈyu liz, wɑ-; Spanish gwɑˈyu lɛs/ (Show IPA)
1.
a composite shrub, Parthenium argentatum, of the southwestern U.S. and Mexico, yielding a form of rubber.
2.
the rubber obtained from this plant.
Origin of guayule
1905-1910
1905-10, Americanism; < Mexican Spanish < Nahuatl cuauholli or huauholli, equivalent to cuahu(itl) tree or huauh(tli) amaranth + olli rubber
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Historical Examples
  • The guayule shrub is now a further source of Mexican rubber.

    Mexico Charles Reginald Enock
  • Now guayule is being cultivated and is reaped instead of being uprooted.

    Creative Chemistry

    Edwin E. Slosson
  • Subdominants are mariola, guayule, Agave lechugilla, A. stricta or Larrea divaricata.

  • Then we watch the guayule being pitched by hand into crates and tightly jammed therein by being jumped on by the packers.

    Rubber Edith A. Browne
  • Here we see the crop of guayule being crushed between rollers, and for the moment we are reminded of a sugar-mill.

    Rubber Edith A. Browne
  • In the district we have come to visit, several Mexicans are busy gathering in a harvest of guayule.

    Rubber Edith A. Browne
  • They have been down to a packing-shed close by with a load of guayule, and are now returning for another load.

    Rubber Edith A. Browne
  • guayule rubber is of sufficiently good quality to be used for all but the highest class rubber goods, such as surgical appliances.

    Rubber Edith A. Browne
  • In 1911 seven thousand tons of guayule were imported from Mexico; in 1917 only seventeen hundred tons.

    Creative Chemistry

    Edwin E. Slosson
  • The only native source so far utilized is the guayule, which grows wild on the deserts of the Mexican and the American border.

    Creative Chemistry

    Edwin E. Slosson
British Dictionary definitions for guayule

guayule

/ɡwəˈjuːlɪ/
noun
1.
a bushy shrub, Parthenium argentatum, of the southwestern US: family Asteraceae (composites)
2.
rubber derived from the sap of this plant
Word Origin
from American Spanish, from Nahuatl cuauhuli, from cuahuitl tree + uli gum
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