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also hen·e·quin  (hĕn′ĭ-kwĭn)
1. A tropical American plant (Agave fourcroydes) having thick, sword-shaped leaves that yield a coarse reddish fiber used in making rope and twine.
2. The fiber obtained from this plant.

[Spanish henequén, perhaps of Arawakan origin.]
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(ˈhɛnɪkɪn) ,




1. (Plants) an agave plant, Agave fourcroydes, that is native to Yucatán
2. (Plants) the fibre of this plant, used in making rope, twine, and coarse fabrics
[C19: from American Spanish henequén, probably of Taino origin]
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or hen•e•quin

(ˈhɛn ə kɪn)

the fiber of an agave, Agave fourcroydes, of Yucatán, used for making ropes, coarse fabrics, etc.
[1875–80; < American Spanish henequén]
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The agave production is affected by several problems as diseases, weeds, and pest insects (Valenzuela, 2003; CRT, 2005), in the case of insect pests the most important species is the agave weevil (Scyphophorus acupunctatus Gyllenhal) (Gonzalez et al., 2007) which attacks several Agave species including the henequen (Agave fourcroydes Lem.) (Halffter, 1957), blue agave (Agave tequilana Weber) (Solis-Aguilar et al., 2001) and mezcal maguey (Agave angustifolia Haw.
Weber 'Azul'), henequen (Agave fourcroydes Lem.), and maguey (Agave salmiana Otto ex Salm-Dyck subsp.