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  • Agave
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n agave 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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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Tequila is made from the root of the blue agave cactus.
    • n Agave (bot) A genus of plants (order Amaryllidaceæ) of which the chief species is the maguey or century plant (Agave 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.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n agave A large North American genus of plants, of the natural order Amaryllidaceæ, chiefly Mexican. They are acaulescent or nearly so, of slow growth, often large, consisting of a dense cluster of rigid fleshy leaves, which are spine-tipped and usually spinosely toothed. The best-known species is the century-plant, or American aloe, A. Americana, first introduced from Mexico into Europe in 1561, and now frequently cultivated for ornament, as are also various other species. It lives many years, 10 to 50 or more, before flowering, whence the name century-plant. At maturity it throws up rapidly from its center a tall scape bearing a large compound inflorescence, and dies after perfecting its fruit. It is extensively cultivated in Mexico under the name of maguey, and is put to many uses. The sap, obtained in abundance from the plant when the flowering stem is just ready to burst forth, produces when fermented a beverage resembling cider, called by the Mexicans pulque. An extract of the leaves is used as a substitute for soap, and the flower-stem, when withered, is cut up into slices to form razor-strops. The leaves of nearly all the species yield a more or less valuable fiber, which is made into thread and ropes and has been used in the manufacture of paper. Sisal hemp, or-henequin, is the product of A. Ixtli, and is exported in large quantities from Yucatan. A West Indian species, A. Keratto, closely resembling A. Americana, yields the keratto fiber. A. Virginica, of the southern United States, known as false aloe, belongs to a group of species with less rigid leaves and with the solitary flowers in a simple spike.
    • n agave [lowercase] A plant of this genus.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Agave a-gā′ve a genus of herbaceous plants, natives of the warmer parts of America, which in Mexico usually flower about the seventh or eighth year, the stem rising to a height of forty feet. It is called also the American Aloe and Century Plant, receiving the latter name from the number of years (40-60, popularly a hundred) it takes to flower in our hot-houses.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. Agave, prop. name, fr. Gr., fem. of illustrious, noble


In literature:

Two agaves, or American aloes, flowered in Mr. Ord's greenhouse in the summer of 1812, one of which was a beautiful striped variety.
"A Walk from London to Fulham" by Thomas Crofton Croker
In the forests where he lives are to be found aloes, yuccas, and agaves.
"The Industries of Animals" by Frédéric Houssay
The cord on these specimens is invariably of the common 2-ply Z-twist agave fiber.
"A Burial Cave in Baja California" by William C. Massey
The whites have been reduced to the culture of the Hennequen plant (agave sisalensis) in order to subsist.
"Vestiges of the Mayas" by Augustus Le Plongeon
Have you ever seen the agave, that hard wild African shrub, so sharp, bitter, and tearing, with huge bristles instead of leaves?
"La Sorcière: The Witch of the Middle Ages" by Jules Michelet
Cacti and yuccas and agaves, white with dust, clung to the naked tufa.
"The Woodlands Orchids" by Frederick Boyle
Agave, a young and beautiful Thessalian girl, entered the room.
"A Struggle for Rome, v. 1" by Felix Dahn
The presence of nitrate of potassium produces pointed leaves with thorn-like processes recalling the forms of the aloe and the agave.
"The Mechanism of Life" by Stéphane Leduc
Some fine aloes or agaves are also found.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 2, Slice 3" by Various
In the tropical parts are numerous palms, cacti in great variety, and various species of the agave or American aloe.
"The New Gresham Encyclopedia. Vol. 1 Part 1" by Various
The fibre of the agave is also made into rope and its juice into pulque.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 2, Slice 5" by Various
She loved the pure agave flavor.
"Syndrome" by Thomas Hoover
The trees through which he was making way were mostly acacias, interspersed with cactus and wild agave.
"The Headless Horseman" by Mayne Reid
The women of Fayal manufacture fine lace from the agave thread.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 10, Slice 2" by Various
Hour after hour went slowly by, and I crouched there still unseen among the agave thicket.
"The Beckoning Hand and Other Stories" by Grant Allen
"The Manual of the Botany of the Northern United States" by Asa Gray
This agave, or American aloe, is the century-plant, so called from the popular error that it blossoms only once in a hundred years.
"Mexico" by Susan Hale
Many may be seen about the sisal plantations near Matanzas and in gardens where agaves blossom.
"Life Histories of North American Wood Warblers Part One and Part Two" by Arthur Bent
There are agave trees, and a great deal of sagia, and many cocoa nuts.
"The Voyages of Pedro Fernandez de Quiros" by Pedro Fernandez de Quiros
One may descend from the summit either by the ancient cemetery or by the Place Garibaldi, through bosky gardens of date-palm, fan-palm, and agave.
"The Mediterranean" by T. G. (Thomas Gray) Bonney, E. A. R. Ball, H. D. Traill, Grant Allen, and Arthur Griffiths

In news:

Friday night was the Webb County Bar Association's Third Annual Noche de Agave tequila tasting.
Nicole Belanger of Agave Grill in Hartford.
Nicole Belanger of Agave Grill.
Thymes Agave Nectar for Bath & Body.
Premium tequila brands, which are high margin and high growth, are made entirely from the blue agave plant that grows in the Mexican state of Jalisco, while cheaper brands are mixed with spirit derived from sugar cane and other sources.
Get tips for growing xeric aloes, agaves, and succulents.
Chang 's also offers a robust list of wine and signature cocktails including the Chinese 88, Plum Collins and Organic Agave Margarita.
Add the agave or honey and vanilla and process to combine.
A look at locally based Agave Denim as they celebrate ten years past and look to the future.
Agave classic straight 5-pocket Pragmatist jean in plaid.
0 Agave classic straight 5-pocket Pragmatist jean in plaid.
A young Nuttall's woodpecker peeks out of the nest, which was excavated by the male inside the dried spike of an agave americana plant located in the Heritage Garden at Casta del Sol in Mission Viejo.
In July, the area's abundant agave fields were designated a UNESCO World Heritage site, joining a list of cultural and natural properties considered to have universal value.
Agave Southwestern Grill 2380 Vanderbilt Beach Rd.
In a small saucepan over medium heat, bring the agave nectar to a boil, stirring constantly.