1. [syn: agave, century plant, American aloe]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Agave \A*ga"ve\ ([.a]*g[=a]"v[-e]), prop. n. [L. Agave, prop.
name, fr. Gr. 'agayh`, fem. of 'agayo`s illustrious, noble.]
A genus of plants (order Amaryllidaceae) of which the chief
species is the maguey or century plant (Agave Americana),
wrongly called Aloe. It takes from ten to seventy years,
according to climate, to attain maturity, when it produces a
gigantic flower stem, sometimes forty feet in height, and
perishes. The juice has purgative and diuretic properties.
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.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: tropical American plants with basal rosettes of fibrous
sword-shaped leaves and flowers in tall spikes; some
cultivated for ornament or for fiber [syn: agave,
century plant, American aloe]