henequen

or hen·e·quin

[ hen-uh-kin ]
/ ˈhɛn ə kɪn /
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noun

the fiber of an agave, Agave fourcroydes, of Yucatán, used for making ropes, coarse fabrics, etc.

Origin of henequen

1875–80; < American Spanish henequén, earlier geniquén, jeniquén, heniquén, perhaps < an indigenous language of Hispaniola, where the word was allegedly first used
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henequen

henequin or heniquen

/ (ˈhɛnɪkɪn) /

noun

an agave plant, Agave fourcroydes, that is native to Yucatán
the fibre of this plant, used in making rope, twine, and coarse fabrics

Word Origin for henequen

C19: from American Spanish henequén, probably of Taino origin
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