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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.]
(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]
a•ga•ve(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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|Noun||1.||agave - 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 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