hen·​e·​quen | \ ˈhe-ni-kən How to pronounce henequen (audio) , 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

Examples of henequen in a Sentence

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, "Visit these breathtaking underwater caves in the Yucatán Peninsula," 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, "In Campeche, Pyramids Are Everywhere. Crowds Are Not," 2 Feb. 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'henequen.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of henequen

1555, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for henequen

Spanish henequén

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about henequen

Time Traveler for henequen

Time Traveler

The first known use of henequen was in 1555

See more words from the same year

Statistics for henequen

Cite this Entry

“Henequen.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/henequen. Accessed 14 Aug. 2020.

More from Merriam-Webster on henequen

Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about henequen

Comments on henequen

What made you want to look up henequen? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


Test Your Vocabulary

Name That Thing: Animal Edition

  • alt 5a023732e6f75
  • Name that animal:
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Dictionary Devil

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!