maguey

[ mag-wey, muh-gey; Spanish mah-gey ]
/ ˈmæg weɪ, məˈgeɪ; Spanish mɑˈgeɪ /

noun

any of several plants of the genus Agave, of the agave family, especially the cantala, A. cantala.
the fiber from these plants.
a rope made from this or a similar fiber.

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Origin of maguey

First recorded in 1545–55; from Spanish, from Taíno
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British Dictionary definitions for maguey

maguey
/ (ˈmæɡweɪ) /

noun

any of various tropical American agave plants of the genera Agave or Furcraea, esp one that yields a fibre or is used in making an alcoholic beverage
the fibre from any of these plants, used esp for rope

Word Origin for maguey

C16: Spanish, from Taino
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