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 (ə-gä′vē, ə-gā′-)
Any of numerous plants of the genus Agave, native to hot, dry regions of the Americas and having basal rosettes of tough, usually spiny-margined leaves. Agaves are grown for ornament, fiber, and food. Also called century plant.

[New Latin Agavē, genus name, from Greek agauē, feminine of agauos, noble.]


(əˈɡeɪvɪ; ˈæɡeɪv)
(Plants) any plant of the genus Agave, native to tropical America, with tall flower stalks rising from a massive, often armed, rosette of thick fleshy leaves: family Agavaceae. Some species are the source of fibres such as sisal or of alcoholic beverages such as pulque and tequila. See also century plant
[C18: New Latin, from Greek agauē, feminine of agauos illustrious, probably alluding to the height of the plant]


(əˈgɑ vi, əˈgeɪ-)

any desert plant of the genus Agave, having a single tall flower stalk and thick leaves at the base.
[< New Latin (Linnaeus) < Greek agauḗ, feminine of agauós noble, brilliant]
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Noun1.agave - tropical American plants with basal rosettes of fibrous sword-shaped leaves and flowers in tall spikesagave - tropical American plants with basal rosettes of fibrous sword-shaped leaves and flowers in tall spikes; some cultivated for ornament or for fiber
Agavaceae, agave family, family Agavaceae, sisal family - chiefly tropical and xerophytic plants: includes Dracenaceae (Dracaenaceae); comprises plants that in some classifications are divided between the Amaryllidaceae and the Liliaceae
Agave americana, American agave - widely cultivated American monocarpic plant with greenish-white flowers on a tall stalk; blooms only after ten to twenty years and then dies
Agave sisalana, sisal - Mexican or West Indian plant with large fleshy leaves yielding a stiff fiber used in e.g. rope
Agave cantala, cantala, maguey - Philippine plant yielding a hard fibre used in making coarse twine
Agave atrovirens, maguey - Mexican plant used especially for making pulque which is the source of the colorless Mexican liquor, mescal
Agave tequilana - Mexican plant used especially for making tequila
dracaena - an agave that is often cultivated for its decorative foliage
Nolina microcarpa, bear grass - stemless plant with tufts of grasslike leaves and erect panicle of minute creamy white flowers; southwestern United States and Mexico
sansevieria, bowstring hemp - grown as a houseplant for its mottled fleshy sword-shaped leaves or as a source of fiber
desert plant, xerophile, xerophilous plant, xerophyte, xerophytic plant - plant adapted for life with a limited supply of water; compare hydrophyte and mesophyte


[əˈgeɪvɪ] Nagave f, pita f, maguey m (LAm)


nAgave f
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Dominant vegetation in these two localities was desert scrub (Larrea tridentata, Agave lecheguilla, Jatropha dioica) on limestone substrate.
Its sparse cover consists mostly of scattered Larrea and Agave lecheguilla.
Also important are the succulents and semi-succulents Agave lecheguilla, and Opuntia phaeacantha, and considerable grass cover of Bouteloua gracilis and Bouteloua curtipendula.