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century plant

noun
  1. any New World plant of the genus Agave, requiring many years to mature and blooming once before dying, especially the widely cultivated species A. americana, having leaves in a basal rosette and a tall flower stalk.
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Origin of century plant

An Americanism dating back to 1755–65
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Historical Examples of century plant

  • In one garden that we visited we saw a century-plant 222 in bud.

    Palmetto-Leaves

    Harriet Beecher Stowe

  • Well seasoned he is, of course, and suitable as a prop for a century-plant, but not for a scarlet runner!

    Polly Oliver's Problem

    Kate Douglas Smith Wiggin

  • Name from , noble,—not inappropriate as applied to A. Americana, the Century-plant.

  • She had not time to evolve a century-plant, or elaborate an oak-tree, before man would be upon it again.

    Upon The Tree-Tops

    Olive Thorne Miller


British Dictionary definitions for century plant

century plant

noun
  1. an agave, Agave americana, native to tropical America but naturalized elsewhere, having very large spiny greyish leaves and greenish flowers on a tall fleshy stalk. It blooms only once in its life, after 10 to 30 years (formerly thought to flower after a century)Also called: American aloe
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