from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In Mexico, Guatemala, and Honduras, a name of several species of Yucca and their allies, especially Y. Treculeana, which yields a fiber of commercial importance called ixtli de Coahuila; Y. Schottii Jaliscensis, the source of the fiber called ixtli de Jalisco; Samuela Carnerosana, yielding the ixtli de Carneros; and Y. baccata, which bears edible fruit often called datiles. In Guatemala and Honduras the name is applied to Y. elephantipes, a species cultivated in gardens and planted in hedges, which in Costa Rica is called itabo.


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