: a genus of tropical American succulent plants (family Agavaceae or Asparagaceae) that have sword-shaped leaves and whitish flowers, are closely related to the agaves, and that are often cultivated for ornamental use or for the strong, durable fiber obtained from the leaves see cajun entry 2, fique, giant cabuya

Word History


New Latin, after Count Antoine F. de Fourcroy †1809 French chemist

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“Furcraea.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Furcraea. Accessed 3 Mar. 2024.

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