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[gwah-yoo-lee, wah-; Spanish gwah-yoo-le]
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 of guayule

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


    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.

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


    Edith A. Browne

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


    Edith A. Browne

British Dictionary definitions for guayule


  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 for guayule

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