century plant

noun

Definition of century plant

: a Mexican agave (Agave americana) that takes many years to mature, flowers only once, and then dies

Examples of century plant in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web These insects bore into the bases of the leaves of large species of agaves, most notably Agave americana (century plants) and lay their eggs. Neil Sperry, ExpressNews.com, "Agave snout weevil: The nemesis of century plants everywhere," 2 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of century plant

1827, in the meaning defined above

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“Century plant.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/century%20plant. Accessed 29 Oct. 2020.

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