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

Origin of istle

1880–85; < Mexican Spanish istle, ixtle < Nahuatl īchtli
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  • Istle, is′tl, n. a valuable fibre obtained from a tropical American plant, also from several Mexican species of Agave.

    Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary (part 2 of 4: E-M)


British Dictionary definitions for istle



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

C19: from Mexican Spanish ixtle, from Nahuatl ichtli
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