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

  • n. A tropical American plant (Agave fourcroydes) having large, thick, sword-shaped leaves that yield a coarse reddish fiber used in making rope and twine.
  • n. The fiber obtained from this plant.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. a tropical American agave, Agave fourcroydes, whose thick, sword-shaped leaves yield a coarse reddish fibre used in making rope etc
  • n. the fibre from this plant (sometimes mistakenly called sisal)

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A fiber known as Sisal hemp, obtained principally from Agave Ixtli of Yucatan; also, the plant itself.


Spanish henequén, perhaps of Arawakan origin.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Spanish henequén, probably of Taino origin. (Wiktionary)



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