century plant


century plant

noun

Definition of CENTURY PLANT

:  a Mexican agave (Agave americana) that takes many years to mature, flowers only once, and then dies

First Known Use of CENTURY PLANT

1764

Rhymes with CENTURY PLANT

century plant

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Species of agave (Agave americana), of Mexico and the southwestern U.S. It takes many years (from five to 100) to mature, flowers only once, and then dies. It is widely cultivated for its large spiny leaves and enormous flower cluster, and may reach 20 ft (6 m) in height. Century plants provide the distinctive ingredient for the alcoholic drinks pulque and mescal.

Variants of CENTURY PLANT

century plant or American aloe or maguey

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