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

  • n. See agave.

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  • n. An agave (Agave americana) originally from Mexico but cultivated worldwide.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. the Agave Americana, formerly supposed to flower but once in a century; -- hence the name. See Agave.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A name given to the American aloe, Agave Americana, which was formerly supposed to flower only after the lapse of a century. See Agave.

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


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So named because the plant may live for several decades before producing flowers. Once a plant flowers and produces seeds, it dies.


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