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guayule

[gwah-yoo-lee, wah-; Spanish gwah-yoo-le]
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noun, plural gua·yu·les [gwah-yoo-leez, wah-; Spanish gwah-yoo-les] /gwɑˈyu liz, wɑ-; Spanish gwɑˈyu lɛs/.
  1. a composite shrub, Parthenium argentatum, of the southwestern U.S. and Mexico, yielding a form of rubber.
  2. the rubber obtained from this plant.
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Origin of guayule

1905–10, Americanism; < Mexican Spanish < Nahuatl cuauholli or huauholli, equivalent to cuahu(itl) tree or huauh(tli) amaranth + olli rubber
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Historical Examples

  • The guayule shrub is now a further source of Mexican rubber.

    Mexico

    Charles Reginald Enock

  • Now guayule is being cultivated and is reaped instead of being uprooted.

    Creative Chemistry

    Edwin E. Slosson

  • Subdominants are mariola, guayule, Agave lechugilla, A. stricta or Larrea divaricata.

  • Here we see the crop of guayule being crushed between rollers, and for the moment we are reminded of a sugar-mill.

    Rubber

    Edith A. Browne

  • Then we watch the guayule being pitched by hand into crates and tightly jammed therein by being jumped on by the packers.

    Rubber

    Edith A. Browne


British Dictionary definitions for guayule

guayule

noun
  1. a bushy shrub, Parthenium argentatum, of the southwestern US: family Asteraceae (composites)
  2. rubber derived from the sap of this plant
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Word Origin

from American Spanish, from Nahuatl cuauhuli, from cuahuitl tree + uli gum
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