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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Any of numerous plants of the genus Agave, native to hot, dry regions of the New World and having basal rosettes of tough, sword-shaped, often spiny-margined leaves. Agaves are grown for ornament, fiber, and food. Also called century plant.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A plant of the genus Agave which includes the maguey or century plant. Attaining maturity, it produces a gigantic flower stem.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A genus of plants (order Amaryllidaceæ) of which the chief species is the maguey or century plant (Agave Americana), wrongly called Aloe. It is from ten to seventy years, according to climate, in attaining maturity, when it produces a gigantic flower stem, sometimes forty feet in height, and perishes. 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.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A large North American genus of plants, of the natural order Amaryllidaceæ, chiefly Mexican.
  • n. [lowercase] A plant of this genus.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

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

Etymologies

New Latin Agavē, genus name, from Greek agauē, feminine of agauos, noble.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Ancient Greek Ἀγαυή (Agauē, "Agave"), from ἀγαυός (agauos, "noble, illustrious"). (Wiktionary)

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