henequen

noun

hen·​e·​quen ˈhe-ni-kən How to pronounce henequen (audio)
ˌhe-ni-ˈken
: 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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Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web An 18th-century plantation of henequen (an agave-like plant), Hacienda Mucuyché is home to two cenotes that supposedly hosted Carlota, a Belgian princess who briefly became Empress of Mexico when Napoleon III named her husband emperor. National Geographic, 31 May 2019 Like most haciendas in the Yucatán, Huayamon — a 20-minute drive from the city — was founded in the 18th century (although most of its buildings date to the 19th century) to cultivate and process henequen, a tough fiber made from a variety of agave. Michael Snyder, New York Times, 2 Feb. 2018

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Word History

Etymology

Spanish henequén

First Known Use

1555, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of henequen was in 1555

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Cite this Entry

“Henequen.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/henequen. Accessed 5 Oct. 2022.

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