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

Examples of guayule in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Those tires contained guayule, part of an agrarian prototype effort from Bridgestone, the supplier of spec tires for that series. Tim Stevens, The Verge, 17 Nov. 2023 Virtually every tire manufacturer is making at least token efforts to increase the usage of sustainable materials like guayule. Tim Stevens, The Verge, 17 Nov. 2023 Bridgestone grows guayule for its tires in Arizona. Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press, 3 June 2023 The Firestone Firehawk guayule tire is partially composed of a new sustainable natural rubber that comes from the guayule shrub that requires less reharvesting that traditional rubber sources. Nathan Brown, The Indianapolis Star, 22 Apr. 2022 Bridgestone will make more than 1,900 guayule tires for IndyCar races this year. Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press, 3 June 2023 This woody desert shrub called guayule could be coming to a tire near you before too long. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, 13 Apr. 2023 Instead of sourcing the material from rubber trees in Southeast Asia, the new tires, which debuted last August at the Music City Grand Prix in Nashville, are made from guayule, a shrubby low-water-use plant found in the deserts of the southern U.S. and northern Mexico. Kevin Baxter, Los Angeles Times, 25 May 2023 Bridgestone has been looking at guayule as an alternative for a little over a decade now. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, 13 Apr. 2023

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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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Cite this Entry

“Guayule.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2024.

Kids Definition


gua·​yu·​le (g)wī-ˈü-lē How to pronounce guayule (audio)
: a low shrubby plant related to the daisies that is found in Mexico and the southwestern U.S. and has been grown as a source of rubber

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