or hen·e·quin



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

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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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British Dictionary definitions for henequen


henequin or heniquen


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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