any of several plants (genus Agave) of the agave family, as the century plant: some agaves yield a fiber used for rope
Origin of agaveModern Latin ; from Classical Greek Agauē, a proper name, literally , illustrious, feminine of agauos, famous
designating a family (Agavaceae) of monocotyledonous desert plants (order Liliales)
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.
Origin of agaveNew Latin Agavē, genus name, from Greek agauē, feminine of agauos, noble.
- A plant of the genus Agave, which includes the maguey or century plant. Attaining maturity, it produces a gigantic flower stem.
From Ancient Greek Ἀγαυή (Agauē, “Agave”), from ἀγαυός (agauos, “noble, illustrious”).