a fiber from any of several tropical American plants of the genus Agave or Yucca, used in making bagging, carpets, etc.

Also ixtle.

Origin of istle

1880–85; < Mexican Spanish istle, ixtle < Nahuatl īchtli Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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a fibre obtained from various tropical American agave and yucca trees used in making carpets, cord, etc

Word Origin for istle

C19: from Mexican Spanish ixtle, from Nahuatl ichtli
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