a hard fiber derived from the leaves of an agave (Agave cantala): used in making twine
Origin of cantala; from uncertain or unknown; perhaps
- A species of agave (Agave cantala) cultivated chiefly in warm regions of the Old World for its leaf fibers.
- The fiber of this plant, used for twine, rope, and nets.
Origin of cantalaNew Latin, specific epithet, perhaps from Sanskrit ka&nlowdot;&tlowdot;ala&hlowdot;, babul, from ka&nlowdot;&tlowdot;a&hlowdot;, thorn.