Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A species of agave (Agave cantala) cultivated chiefly in warm regions of the Old World for its leaf fibers.
  • noun The fiber of this plant, used for twine, rope, and nets.

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  • noun Philippine plant yielding a hard fibre used in making coarse twine
  • noun hard fiber used in making coarse twine; from Philippine agave plants

Etymologies

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

[New Latin, specific epithet, perhaps from Sanskrit kaṇṭalaḥ, babul, from kaṇṭaḥ, thorn.]

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