agave

[ uh-gah-vee, uh-gey- ]
/ əˈgɑ vi, əˈgeɪ- /
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noun

any of numerous American plants belonging to the genus Agave, of the agave family, species of which are cultivated for economic or ornamental purposes: A. arizonica, of central Arizona, is an endangered species.

Origin of agave

< New Latin (Linnaeus) < Greek agauḗ, feminine of agauós noble, brilliant
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agave

/ (əˈɡeɪvɪ, ˈæɡeɪv) /

noun

any plant of the genus Agave, native to tropical America, with tall flower stalks rising from a massive, often armed, rosette of thick fleshy leaves: family Agavaceae. Some species are the source of fibres such as sisal or of alcoholic beverages such as pulque and tequilaSee also century plant

Word Origin for agave

C18: New Latin, from Greek agauē, feminine of agauos illustrious, probably alluding to the height of the plant
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