can·​ta·​la kan-ˈtä-lə How to pronounce cantala (audio)
: a hard fiber produced from the leaves of an agave (Agave cantala)

Word History


New Latin, specific epithet of Agave cantala, perhaps from Sanskrit kaṇṭala babul, from kaṇṭa thorn

First Known Use

1911, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of cantala was in 1911

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“Cantala.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 May. 2024.

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