- 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
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The agave juice is then extracted using a round stone wheel called a tahona before being distilled twice.
Agave plants take up to 10 years to mature before being harvested.
Tequila, the Mexican spirit made from the agave plant, can be found in bars around the world.Business Longreads for the Week of October 19, 2013
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Just before serving, add some more lemon juice, salt, pepper, and agave to balance.Three Quinoa Recipes for Your Weekend Parties
May 26, 2013
Another choice is agave nectar, made from a type of cactus that grows in Mexico (yes, tequila fans, that cactus).How to Watch Out for Hidden Sugar and Replace With Leaner Substitutes
Diana Le Dean
February 23, 2013
The maguey—the Agave americana—was an invaluable ally of life and civilisation.Mexico
Charles Reginald Enock
Maguey-sugar is derived from the sap of the maguey-plant (Agave Americana).Commercial Geography
Jacques W. Redway
I behold the maguey of culture (Agave Americana), in all its giant proportions.The Rifle Rangers
Captain Mayne Reid
The agave has served them for many other purposes, from the earliest times.
Of all these properties of the agave the Toltecs were cognizant.
- 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 and History for agave
American aloe plant, 1797, from Latin Agave, from Greek Agaue, proper name in mythology (mother of Pentheus), from agauos "noble," perhaps from agasthai "wonder at," from gaiein "to rejoice, exult," with intensive prefix a-. The name seems to have been taken generically by botanists, the plant perhaps so called for its "stately" flower stem.