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maguey

[mag-wey, muh-gey; Spanish mah-gey] /ˈmæg weɪ, məˈgeɪ; Spanish mɑˈgeɪ/
noun
1.
any of several plants of the genus Agave, of the agave family, especially the cantala, A. cantala.
2.
the fiber from these plants.
3.
a rope made from this or a similar fiber.
Origin of maguey
1545-1555
1545-55; < Spanish < Taino
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  • 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.

    Mexico

    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

maguey

/ˈmæɡweɪ/
noun
1.
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
2.
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
n.

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

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