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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.]
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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]
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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)]
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|Noun||1.||cantala - hard fiber used in making coarse twine; from Philippine agave plants|
|2.||cantala - 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
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