agave

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noun aga·ve \ə-ˈgä-vē\

Definition of agave

  1. :  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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Origin and Etymology of agave

New Latin Agave, genus name, from Latin, a daughter of Cadmus, from Greek Agauē

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AGAVE Defined for Kids

agave

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noun aga·ve \ə-ˈgä-vē\

Definition of agave for Students

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


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agave

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noun aga·ve \ə-ˈgäv-ē\

Medical Definition of agave

  1. 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. 2:  a plant (as the century plant) of the genus Agave

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  1. Spanish Central: Translation of agave


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