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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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  • His condition was but slightly improved; he was then placed upon the expressed juice of the maguey, in doses of f. ǯij.

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

    Mexico and its Religion Robert A. Wilson
  • maguey was a staple crop in the Valley of Mexico and henequn in Yucatn.

    The Colonization of North America Herbert Eugene Bolton
  • The maguey—the Agave americana—was an invaluable ally of life and civilisation.

    Mexico Charles Reginald Enock
  • Paper was made from maguey fiber, sometimes this was mixed with fiber from some other plants.

    The Historical Child Oscar Chrisman
  • The maguey furnishes the native Indian with both food and clothing.

    The Mystic Mid-Region Arthur J. Burdick
  • First of all maguey plants have to be collected, and wine made, as this is indispensable to the success of the undertaking.

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

    Mexico Susan Hale
  • From the leaf of the maguey is crudely manufactured sailcloth and sacking; and from it is made the bagging now in common use.

    Alamo Ranch Sarah Warner Brooks
  • This beverage is made from the roots of the maguey, a plant common to this region.

    The Young Trail Hunters Samuel Woodworth Cozzens
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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