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[mag-wey, muh-gey; Spanish mah-gey] /ˈmæg weɪ, məˈgeɪ; Spanish mɑˈgeɪ/
any of several plants of the genus Agave, of the agave family, especially the cantala, A. cantala.
the fiber from these plants.
a rope made from this or a similar fiber.
Origin of maguey
1545-55; < Spanish < Taino Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for maguey
Historical Examples
  • The Aztecs, and the Toltecs before them, had the fermented juice of the maguey plant.

    Aztec Land Maturin M. Ballou
  • The maguey—the Agave americana—was an invaluable ally of life and civilisation.

    Mexico Charles Reginald Enock
  • Land of the nopal and maguey—home of Moctezuma and Malinché!

    The War Trail Mayne Reid
  • The juice of the maguey, in its unfermented state, is called honey-water.

    Mexico and its Religion Robert A. Wilson
  • I behold the maguey of culture (Agave Americana), in all its giant proportions.

    The Rifle Rangers Captain Mayne Reid
  • It was a capacious one, made of the strong plaited thread of the maguey.

    The Tiger Hunter Mayne Reid
  • The maguey furnishes the native Indian with both food and clothing.

    The Mystic Mid-Region Arthur J. Burdick
  • "Take your axes and cut all the maguey you can find," said the wise men.

    The Stories of El Dorado

    Frona Eunice Wait
  • He married Xochitl, the woman who had offered him honey extracted from maguey.


    Susan Hale
  • Elections in the land of revolution and maguey are to be held on Sunday.

    Diplomatic Days Edith O'Shaughnessy
British Dictionary definitions for maguey


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
the fibre from any of these plants, used esp for rope
Word Origin
C16: Spanish, from Taino
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Word Origin and History for maguey

"agave," 1550s, from Spanish, from Taino, a native Haitian language.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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