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  1. a cordage fiber obtained from the leaves of a tropical plant, Agave cantala.
  2. the plant itself.
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Origin of cantala

1910–15; < New Latin, the species name (orig. cantula), apparently < Sanskrit kaṇṭala a mimosa genus
Also called maguey.
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British Dictionary definitions for cantala


  1. a tropical American plant, Agave cantala, similar to the century plant: family Agavaceae (agaves)
  2. the coarse tough fibre of this plant, used in making twine
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Word Origin for cantala

of unknown origin
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