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  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Maguey  \Mag"uey\,  n.  [Sp.  maguey,  Mexican  maguei  and  metl.] 
  (Bot.) 
  The  century  plant,  a  species  of  {Agave}  ({A.  Americana}).  See 
  {Agave}. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Agave  \A*ga"ve\,  n.  [L.  Agave,  prop.  name  fr  Gr  ?,  fem.  of  ? 
  illustrious,  noble.]  (bot.) 
  A  genus  of  plants  (order  {Amaryllidace[ae]})  of  which  the 
  chief  species  is  the  maguey  or  century  plant  ({A. 
  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  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  agave 
  n  :  tropical  American  plants  with  basal  rosettes  of  fibrous 
  sword-shaped  leaves  and  flowers  in  tall  spikes;  some 
  cultivated  for  ornament  or  for  fiber  [syn:  {century  plant}, 
  {American  aloe}] 




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