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
Recent Examples of agave from the Web
Marinating portobellos in tamari, liquid smoke, agave, and apple cider vinegar adds tons of flavor.
While tequila must be made only of blue agave, there are more than 30 species of agave plant that are sanctioned in the making of mezcal.
In a pitcher, combine the rosé, cranberry juice, lime juice and agave.
Those who take this point of view worry that the mezcal boom will endanger the agave plants, mezcal tradition and the liquor itself.
Some are found naturally, such as in milk, fruit, honey and agave.
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Origin and Etymology of agave
New Latin Agave, genus name, from Latin, a daughter of Cadmus, from Greek Agauē
First Known Use: 1760
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Definition of agave for Students
: a plant that has sword-shaped leaves with spiny edges and is sometimes grown for its large stalks of flowers
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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