is·​tle ˈist-lē How to pronounce istle (audio)
: a strong fiber (as for cordage or basketwork) obtained from various tropical American plants (such as an agave)

Word History


American Spanish ixtle, from Nahuatl īchtli

First Known Use

1883, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of istle was in 1883

Dictionary Entries Near istle

Cite this Entry

“Istle.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Feb. 2024.

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