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Agave Americana

7 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Sisal grass \Si*sal" grass'\, Sisal hemp \Si*sal" hemp'\, The prepared fiber of the {Agave Americana}, or American aloe, used for cordage; -- so called from Sisal, a port in Yucatan. See {Sisal hemp}, under {Hemp}.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Pita \Pi"ta\, noun [Sp.] (Bot.) (a) A fiber obtained from the {Agave Americana} and other related species, -- used for making cordage and paper. Called also {pita fiber}, and {pita thread}. (b) The plant which yields the fiber.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Maguey \Mag"uey\, noun [Sp. maguey, Mexican maguei and metl.] (Bot.) Any of several species of {Agave}, such as the {century plant} ({Agave Americana}), a plant requiring many years to come to maturity and blossoming only once before dying; and the {Agave atrovirens}, a Mexican plant used especially for making {pulque}, the source of the colorless Mexican liquor {mescal}; and the {cantala} ({Agave cantala}), a Philippine plant yielding a hard fibre used in making coarse twine. See {Agave}. [1913 Webster + WordNet 1.5]

2. A hard fibre used in making coarse twine, derived from the Philippine Agave cantala ({Agave cantala}); also called {cantala}. [WordNet 1.5]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Agave \A*ga"ve\ ([.a]*g[=a]"v[-e]), prop. n. [L. Agave, prop. name, fr. Gr. 'agayh', fem. of 'agayo's illustrious, noble.] (Bot.) A genus of plants (order {Amaryllidaceae}) of which the chief species is the maguey or century plant ({Agave Americana}), wrongly called Aloe. It takes from ten to seventy years, according to climate, to attain maturity, when it produces a gigantic flower stem, sometimes forty feet in height, and perishes. The juice has purgative and diuretic properties. The fermented juice is the {pulque} of the Mexicans; distilled, it yields {mescal}. A strong thread and a tough paper are made from the leaves, and the wood has many uses.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Amole \A*mo"le\, noun [Mex.] (Bot.) Any detergent plant, or the part of it used as a detergent, as the roots of {Agave Americana}, {Chlorogalum pomeridianum}, etc. [Sp. Amer. & Mex.] [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Century \Cen"tu*ry\, noun; pl. {Centuries}. [L. centuria (in senses 1 & 3), fr. centum a hundred: cf. F. centurie. See {Cent}.]

1. A hundred; as, a century of sonnets; an aggregate of a hundred things. [Archaic.]

And on it said a century of prayers. --Shak.

2. A period of a hundred years; as, this event took place over two centuries ago.

Note: Century, in the reckoning of time, although often used in a general way of any series of hundred consecutive years (as, a century of temperance work), usually signifies a division of the Christian era, consisting of a period of one hundred years ending with the hundredth year from which it is named; as, the first century ({a}. {d}. 1-100 inclusive); the seventh century ({a}.{d}. 601-700); the eighteenth century ({a}.{d}. 1701-1800). With words or phrases connecting it with some other system of chronology it is used of similar division of those eras; as, the first century of Rome (A.U.C. 1-100).

3. (Rom. Antiq.) (a) A division of the Roman people formed according to their property, for the purpose of voting for civil officers. (b) One of sixty companies into which a legion of the army was divided. It was Commanded by a centurion.

{Century plant} (Bot.), the {Agave Americana}, formerly supposed to flower but once in a century; -- hence the name. See {Agave}.

{The Magdeburg Centuries}, an ecclesiastical history of the first thirteen centuries, arranged in thirteen volumes, compiled in the 16th century by Protestant scholars at Magdeburg.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

Agave americana

noun

1: widely cultivated American monocarpic plant with greenish- white flowers on a tall stalk; blooms only after ten to twenty years and then dies [syn: {American agave}, {Agave americana}]

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