henequen

noun hen·e·quen \ ˈhe-ni-kən , ˌhe-ni-ˈken \

Definition of henequen

: a strong yellowish or reddish hard fiber obtained from the leaves of a tropical American agave (Agave fourcroydes) found chiefly in Yucatán and used especially in making twine and rope; also : a plant that yields henequen

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Spanish henequén


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