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

Examples of maguey in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Tequila, its blue-blooded cousin, is a mezcal made from the Blue Agave species of maguey. John Maccormack,, 9 Dec. 2020 For those seeking authenticity, there are bottles with worms in the bottom, while others contain slices of maguey, the plant from which mezcal is made. John Maccormack, San Antonio Express-News, 8 Dec. 2020 On the ascent from the Batopilas River, semi-tropical plants had given way to mesquite, then to stunted oaks and maguey. John Maccormack, San Antonio Express-News, 8 Dec. 2020 To make her line of handbags, Sabet works with more than 80 artisan women, many of whom specialize in hand-weaving natural fibers like native estera palm leaves to form colorful totes and caña flecha and maguey to make hoop earrings. Michaela Trimble, Condé Nast Traveler, 12 Oct. 2020 Lamb neck, steamed in maguey leaves, has a similar presentation: a little garbanzo-bean puree on the side, and a bright salad of greens and mint as a palate cleanser. Phil Vettel,, 31 Oct. 2019 Aguamiel opened in the summer of 2012, replacing Maijean, a French restaurant, and was named for the sap of the Mexican maguey plant, which is believed to have magical qualities. Chuck Fieldman,, 27 Sep. 2019 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,, 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, 15 Feb. 2018

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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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24 Apr 2021

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“Maguey.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jun. 2021.

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