agave americana


From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Sisal grass \Si*sal" grass`\, Sisal hemp \Si*sal" hemp`\,
   The prepared fiber of the Agave Americana, or American
   aloe, used for cordage; -- so called from Sisal, a port in
   Yucatan. See Sisal hemp, under Hemp.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Pita \Pi"ta\, n. [Sp.] (Bot.)
      (a) A fiber obtained from the Agave Americana and other
          related species, -- used for making cordage and paper.
          Called also pita fiber, and pita thread.
      (b) The plant which yields the fiber.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Maguey \Mag"uey\, n. [Sp. maguey, Mexican maguei and metl.]
   (Bot.)
   Any of several species of Agave, such as the {century
   plant} (Agave Americana), a plant requiring many years to
   come to maturity and blossoming only once before dying; and
   the Agave atrovirens, a Mexican plant used especially for
   making pulque, the source of the colorless Mexican liquor
   mescal; and the cantala (Agave cantala), a Philippine
   plant yielding a hard fibre used in making coarse twine. See
   Agave.
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   2. A hard fibre used in making coarse twine, derived from the
      Philippine Agave cantala (Agave cantala); also called
      cantala.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Agave \A*ga"ve\ ([.a]*g[=a]"v[-e]), prop. n. [L. Agave, prop.
   name, fr. Gr. 'agayh`, fem. of 'agayo`s illustrious, noble.]
   (Bot.)
   A genus of plants (order Amaryllidaceae) of which the chief
   species is the maguey or century plant (Agave Americana),
   wrongly called Aloe. It takes from ten to seventy years,
   according to climate, to attain maturity, when it produces a
   gigantic flower stem, sometimes forty feet in height, and
   perishes. The juice has purgative and diuretic properties.
   The fermented juice is the pulque of the Mexicans;
   distilled, it yields mescal. A strong thread and a tough
   paper are made from the leaves, and the wood has many uses.
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Amole \A*mo"le\, n. [Mex.] (Bot.)
   Any detergent plant, or the part of it used as a detergent,
   as the roots of Agave Americana, {Chlorogalum
   pomeridianum}, etc. [Sp. Amer. & Mex.]
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Century \Cen"tu*ry\, n.; pl. Centuries. [L. centuria (in
   senses 1 & 3), fr. centum a hundred: cf. F. centurie. See
   Cent.]
   1. A hundred; as, a century of sonnets; an aggregate of a
      hundred things. [Archaic.]
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            And on it said a century of prayers.  --Shak.
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   2. A period of a hundred years; as, this event took place
      over two centuries ago.
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   Note: Century, in the reckoning of time, although often used
         in a general way of any series of hundred consecutive
         years (as, a century of temperance work), usually
         signifies a division of the Christian era, consisting
         of a period of one hundred years ending with the
         hundredth year from which it is named; as, the first
         century (a. d. 1-100 inclusive); the seventh
         century (a.d. 601-700); the eighteenth century
         (a.d. 1701-1800). With words or phrases connecting
         it with some other system of chronology it is used of
         similar division of those eras; as, the first century
         of Rome (A.U.C. 1-100).
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   3. (Rom. Antiq.)
      (a) A division of the Roman people formed according to
          their property, for the purpose of voting for civil
          officers.
      (b) One of sixty companies into which a legion of the army
          was divided. It was Commanded by a centurion.
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   Century plant (Bot.), the Agave Americana, formerly
      supposed to flower but once in a century; -- hence the
      name. See Agave.

   The Magdeburg Centuries, an ecclesiastical history of the
      first thirteen centuries, arranged in thirteen volumes,
      compiled in the 16th century by Protestant scholars at
      Magdeburg.
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