- a fiber from any of several tropical American plants of the genus Agave or Yucca, used in making bagging, carpets, etc.
Origin of istle
1880–85; < Mexican Spanish istle, ixtle < Nahuatl īchtli
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018
Examples from the Web for istle
Istle, is′tl, n. a valuable fibre obtained from a tropical American plant, also from several Mexican species of Agave.
- a fibre obtained from various tropical American agave and yucca trees used in making carpets, cord, etc
C19: from Mexican Spanish ixtle, from Nahuatl ichtli
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012