agave

noun
aga·​ve | \ ə-ˈgä-vē How to pronounce agave (audio) \

Definition of agave

: any of a genus (Agave of the family Agavaceae, the agave family) of plants having spiny-margined leaves and flowers in tall spreading panicles and including some cultivated for their fiber or sap or for ornament

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In a separate bowl, combine the agave nectar, hot coffee, coconut oil, applesauce and vanilla. Wolfgang Puck, Twin Cities, "Wolfgang Puck: Everyone can celebrate July 4 with gluten-free, vegan cupcakes," 26 June 2019 No maple syrup, honey, agave nectar, coconut sugar, date syrup, stevia, Splenda, Equal, Nutrasweet, xylitol, etc. Molly Kimball, nola.com, "The do’s and don’ts of the nutrient-rich Whole 30 diet: Best of Molly Kimball," 18 June 2019 The rising prices of its inputs, particularly agave. Tim Fernholz, Quartz, "Tariffs are weighing down Jack Daniel’s," 5 June 2019 Traditionally, mezcal refers to all spirits that are distilled from agave. Gillian Ferguson, latimes.com, "Mezcal For Dummies with Niki Nakazawa, the Oaxaca-based co-founder of Neta," 7 June 2019 Interested in trying a mezcal made with agave cupreata? Kenney Marlatt, chicagotribune.com, "Stock your bar shelf with three James Beard-nominated cocktail books from Chicago authors," 27 Apr. 2018 Other standouts include a radicchio salad flavored with agave and wild blackberry vinegar (shown above) and a wild mushroom broth with immune-boosting shiitake, kombu and baked celeriac. New York Times, "A Cultural Compendium of What’s New," 20 Feb. 2018 In a blender, purée the watermelon with 4 cups of water and the agave nectar, in batches. 2. Lauren Delgado, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Refreshing summertime drinks," 11 June 2018 The high quality of the agave (and the clean, smooth flavor that comes with it) is definitely worth throwing down a couple extra bucks for a bottle. Alex Delany, Bon Appetit, "The Siesta Is Your New Signature Spring Cocktail, a Normal Thing to Have," 2 May 2018

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First Known Use of agave

1760, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for agave

borrowed from New Latin, borrowed from Greek agauḗ, feminine of agauós "admirable, illustrious, brilliant," of uncertain origin

Note: First distinguished as a genus separate from aloe by Linnaeus in Hortus Upsaliensis v. 1 (Stockholm, 1748), p. 87-88: "The African and Asian [species of aloe], naturally of pharmacological use and known for a longer time, would retain their everyday pharmacological name; another name should be conferred on these [species of Agave], and since among the synonyms nothing worthy presents itself, and an ancient name may be applied to an ancient genus, thereby I have called it Agave as it is an admirable plant" ("Africanae & Asiaticae utpote officinales, diutius notae retineant nomen officinale & usitatissimum; aliud his imponatur, inter synonyma nullum dignum occur[r]it, licet antiquo generi antiquum nomen competeret, ideoque dixi Agave quasi plantam admirabilem."). The non-Latinization of final eta may have been motivated by the various mythological personages named Agave in Latin versions of Greek tales. The etymology of Greek agauós is uncertain; a connection with agánai/ágamai, "wonder at, admire," is plausible semantically, but the internal upsilon seems justified neither by the root nor by ordinary derivation.

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agave

noun
aga·​ve | \ ə-ˈgä-vē How to pronounce agave (audio) \

Kids Definition of agave

: a plant that has sword-shaped leaves with spiny edges and is sometimes grown for its large stalks of flowers

agave

noun
aga·​ve | \ ə-ˈgäv-ē How to pronounce agave (audio) \

Medical Definition of agave

1 capitalized : a genus of plants (family Agavaceae) that are native to tropical America and to the southwestern United States, have spiny-margined leaves in basal rosettes and tall spikes of flowers, and include some that are cultivated for their fiber or sap or for ornament
2 : a plant (as the century plant) of the genus Agave

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