Also found in: Thesaurus, Encyclopedia.


1. A species of agave (Agave cantala) cultivated chiefly in warm regions of the Old World for its leaf fibers.
2. The fiber of this plant, used for twine, rope, and nets.

[New Latin, specific epithet, perhaps from Sanskrit kaṇṭalaḥ, babul, from kaṇṭaḥ, thorn.]
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.


1. (Plants) a tropical American plant, Agave cantala, similar to the century plant: family Agavaceae (agaves)
2. (Textiles) the coarse tough fibre of this plant, used in making twine
[of unknown origin]
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014


(kænˈtɑ lə)

n., pl. -las.
1. a cordage fiber obtained from the leaves of a tropical plant, Agave cantala.
2. the plant itself. Also called maguey.
[1910–15; < New Latin, the species name (orig. cantula)]
Random House Kernerman Webster's College Dictionary, © 2010 K Dictionaries Ltd. Copyright 2005, 1997, 1991 by Random House, Inc. All rights reserved.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.cantala - hard fiber used in making coarse twinecantala - hard fiber used in making coarse twine; from Philippine agave plants
fiber, fibre - a slender and greatly elongated substance capable of being spun into yarn
2.cantala - Philippine plant yielding a hard fibre used in making coarse twinecantala - Philippine plant yielding a hard fibre used in making coarse twine
agave, American aloe, century plant - tropical American plants with basal rosettes of fibrous sword-shaped leaves and flowers in tall spikes; some cultivated for ornament or for fiber
genus Agave - type genus of the Agavaceae; in some classifications considered a genus of Amaryllidaceae
Based on WordNet 3.0, Farlex clipart collection. © 2003-2012 Princeton University, Farlex Inc.
References in periodicals archive ?
Demonstrar teoricamente a vivencia do trabalho como castigo e rebeldia, sem perder a dimensao de que uma longa luta se avizinha, mas que como diz Maiakovski "Primeiro e preciso transformar a vida para cantala --em seguida [...]" e uma habilidade que certamente insere Marilda no rol de intelectuais imprescindiveis ao nosso tempo.
This creek issues from the river near the north-east corner of the parish of Gayfield, and runs, in a more or less westerly direction, through Gayfield, Cantala, and Brockie.
The United States, who also won at Moonee Valley, claiming the Crystal Mile under McEvoy, will line up in the Cantala Stakes (6.35) with Steven Arnold doing the steering this time around.