fique

noun
fi·​que | \ ˈfē(ˌ)kā \
plural -s

Definition of fique

: a strong durable fiber obtained from the leaves of a succulent tropical American plant of the genus Furcraea : cabuya also : any of several plants that yield fique (such as Furcraea macrophylla, F. andina, and F. foetida synonym F. gigantea)

Love words?

You must — there are over 200,000 words in our free online dictionary, but you are looking for one that’s only in the Merriam-Webster Unabridged Dictionary.

Start your free trial today and get unlimited access to America's largest dictionary, with:

  • More than 250,000 words that aren't in our free dictionary
  • Expanded definitions, etymologies, and usage notes
  • Advanced search features
  • Ad free!

History and Etymology for fique

American Spanish, probably from Quechua ppiqui, phiqui thread, fiber, vein

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about fique

Statistics for fique

Cite this Entry

“Fique.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fique. Accessed 8 Aug. 2020.

More from Merriam-Webster on fique

Spanish Central: Translation of fique

Comments on fique

What made you want to look up fique? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Original Meanings Quiz

  • rembrandt painting a young scholar and his tutor
  • Which of the following is the earliest known sense of the word awe?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Bee Cubed

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!