guayule

noun
gua·​yu·​le | \ gwī-ˈü-lē How to pronounce guayule (audio) , wī- \

Definition of guayule

: 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 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, "Arizona’s water supplies are drying up. How will its farmers survive?," 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, "A new rubber source could save water, preserve rain forests and even prevent allergic reactions," 12 June 2019 In Japan, Bridgestone has made experimental tires of guayule rubber. Ted Evanoff, USA TODAY, "Bridgestone hopes to harvest desert shrub for rubber tires in cars, trucks," 21 Feb. 2018 No tire maker has yet relied on dandelions or guayule. Ted Evanoff, USA TODAY, "Bridgestone hopes to harvest desert shrub for rubber tires in cars, trucks," 21 Feb. 2018 Harvesting guayule was once an ambition in the United States. Ted Evanoff, USA TODAY, "Bridgestone hopes to harvest desert shrub for rubber tires in cars, trucks," 21 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of guayule

1906, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for guayule

American Spanish, from Nahuatl cuauholli or huauholli

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“Guayule.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/guayule. Accessed 12 Aug. 2020.

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