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[hen-uh-kin] /ˈhɛn ə kɪn/
the fiber of an agave, Agave fourcroydes, of Yucatán, used for making ropes, coarse fabrics, etc.
Origin of henequen
1875-80; < American Spanish henequén, earlier geniquén, jeniquén, heniquén, perhaps < an indigenous language of Hispaniola, where the word was allegedly first used Unabridged
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  • Close by, sitting in the garden, were a row of men busy weaving sacks from henequen fibre.

    The American Egypt Channing Arnold
  • A second year is allowed to pass before the henequen is planted.

    The American Egypt Channing Arnold
  • By the time the sun is up, the cattle have been tended and the Indians are off to the milpas or the henequen fields.

    The American Egypt Channing Arnold
  • Attention is being turned to the cultivation of henequen, which has given favourable results in the neighbouring state of Yucatan.

    Mexico Charles Reginald Enock
  • Triumphal arches of flowers and laurels, of henequen, and one built of oranges surmounted by the national flag, spanned the route.

    The American Egypt Channing Arnold
  • henequen offers many advantages to capital, especially to those investors who dislike to take chances on returns.

    The History of Cuba, vol. 5 Willis Fletcher Johnson
  • Raul dismounted in front of a doorless hut, and began to pull off his corn sack, tugging at the leather thongs and henequen cords.

    When the Owl Cries Paul Bartlett
  • The men, too, who work in the gardens or drive the henequen wagons wear nothing but the breech-cloth and soup-plate straw hats.

    The American Egypt Channing Arnold
  • henequen fiber is used by the Indians for a great variety of purposes.

  • One henequen lord went a few years ago to the St. Louis Exhibition.

    The American Egypt Channing Arnold
British Dictionary definitions for henequen


an agave plant, Agave fourcroydes, that is native to Yucatán
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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