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AGAVE

 Dictionary entry overview: What does agave mean? 

AGAVE (noun)
  The noun AGAVE has 1 sense:

1. tropical American plants with basal rosettes of fibrous sword-shaped leaves and flowers in tall spikes; some cultivated for ornament or for fiber

  Familiarity information: AGAVE used as a noun is very rare.


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AGAVE (noun)


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Meaning:

Tropical American plants with basal rosettes of fibrous sword-shaped leaves and flowers in tall spikes; some cultivated for ornament or for fiber

Classified under:

Nouns denoting plants

Synonyms:

agave; American aloe; century plant

Hypernyms ("agave" is a kind of...):

desert plant; xerophile; xerophilous plant; xerophyte; xerophytic plant (plant adapted for life with a limited supply of water; compare hydrophyte and mesophyte)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "agave"):

Agave americana; American agave (widely cultivated American monocarpic plant with greenish-white flowers on a tall stalk; blooms only after ten to twenty years and then dies)

Agave sisalana; sisal (Mexican or West Indian plant with large fleshy leaves yielding a stiff fiber used in e.g. rope)

Agave cantala; cantala; maguey (Philippine plant yielding a hard fibre used in making coarse twine)

Agave atrovirens; maguey (Mexican plant used especially for making pulque which is the source of the colorless Mexican liquor, mescal)

Agave tequilana (Mexican plant used especially for making tequila)

dracaena (often cultivated for the decorative foliage)

bear grass; Nolina microcarpa (stemless plant with tufts of grasslike leaves and erect panicle of minute creamy white flowers; southwestern United States and Mexico)

bowstring hemp; sansevieria (grown as a houseplant for its mottled fleshy sword-shaped leaves or as a source of fiber)

Holonyms ("agave" is a member of...):

Agavaceae; agave family; family Agavaceae; sisal family (chiefly tropical and xerophytic plants: includes Dracenaceae (Dracaenaceae); comprises plants that in some classifications are divided between the Amaryllidaceae and the Liliaceae)


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