henequen

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

Definition of henequen

  1. :  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

Origin and Etymology of henequen

Spanish henequén


First Known Use: 1880


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