ma·​guey | \ mə-ˈgā How to pronounce maguey (audio) \

Definition of maguey

1 : any of various fleshy-leaved agaves (such as the century plant)
2 : any of several hard fibers derived from magueys especially : cantala

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The word mezcal is composed of two Nahuatl words: metl, which means maguey, and ixcalli, which refers to a conical, earthen oven where the agaves are cooked. Gillian Ferguson,, "Mezcal For Dummies with Niki Nakazawa, the Oaxaca-based co-founder of Neta," 7 June 2019 During a typical show, Garcilazo finesses a variety of difficult spins and maneuvers with a distinct 65-foot maguey rope. Carter Karels, San Antonio Express-News, "Garcilazo, the ‘Elvis of Mexico,’ performs charro routine at San Antonio Rodeo," 15 Feb. 2018 The earthy essence of drippings from whole lambs steamed 10 hours inside spiky maguey leaves. Craig Laban,, "El Compadre highlights the richness of our immigrant city," 9 Dec. 2017 Traditionally, the meat would have been wrapped in the skin of the maguey plant. Providence Cicero, The Seattle Times, "2120: Exciting Latin-influenced dining in Amazonia," 21 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of maguey

1555, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for maguey

Spanish, from Taino

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