gua·​yu·​le gwī-ˈü-lē How to pronounce guayule (audio)
: a much-branched composite shrub (Parthenium argentatum) of Mexico and the southwestern U.S. that has been cultivated as a source of rubber

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Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Yulex, based in San Diego, capitalizes on the lighter, more flexible rubber produced by guayule, and the lack of allergy-trigger latex proteins, to make wetsuits, activewear, and other products. Kevin Purdy, Ars Technica, 8 Sep. 2022 The guayule is a cheaper, more sustainable alternative that renews itself in about three years and needs about 50% less water than other crops. Mark Long, The Christian Science Monitor, 28 May 2022 The guayule produces natural rubber and appears to be the future of racing tires. Mark Long, The Christian Science Monitor, 28 May 2022 New crops like hemp, which has enormous potential yet remains mired in red tape, and guayule, a desert rubber plant that the Bridgestone tire company is developing, offer glimmers of hope. Bill Hatcher, National Geographic, 12 Nov. 2019 Although the rubber tree is carefully cut and tapped, the guayule is chopped to the ground and its branches mashed up to extract the latex. Adrian Higgins, Washington Post, 12 June 2019 In Japan, Bridgestone has made experimental tires of guayule rubber. Ted Evanoff, USA TODAY, 21 Feb. 2018 No tire maker has yet relied on dandelions or guayule. Ted Evanoff, USA TODAY, 21 Feb. 2018 Harvesting guayule was once an ambition in the United States. Ted Evanoff, USA TODAY, 21 Feb. 2018 See More

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Word History


American Spanish, from Nahuatl cuauholli or huauholli

First Known Use

1906, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of guayule was in 1906

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“Guayule.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Sep. 2022.

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