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
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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