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 Add bay leaves and cover with maguey or banana leaves, followed by the lid. Minerva Orduño Rincón, The Arizona Republic, 24 Apr. 2022 Above Omar and Lalo, both in their 40s, the goddess Mayahuel appeared bare-chested, between two fronds of the maguey, gazing dreamily into the distance. New York Times, 11 Nov. 2021 Then there’s Tobala, a smaller, harder-to-yield variation of maguey which takes up to 12 years to mature, depending on the land. Vogue, 24 Sep. 2021 Grandparents, children, daughters-in-law, and grandchildren make communion in a tradition as deeply embedded as the roots of the Mixtec maguey, and agave plant. Vogue, 29 Oct. 2021 Once harvested, the maguey is cooked in an underground stone furnace heated by fire, oak wood, and volcanic river stones. Vogue, 24 Sep. 2021 La Curva grows different varieties of agave, also referred to as maguey, to make mezcal. Vogue, 24 Sep. 2021 This technique of slow-smoking a beef head or lamb wrapped in maguey leaves in a traditional-style underground pit has been used in many cultures for thousands of years. Roger Sands, Forbes, 15 Sep. 2021 Ant nests are located under maguey plants, which farmers have to carefully move aside, scraping away any topsoil covering the nests with thin branches. Robyn Huang, Condé Nast Traveler, 19 July 2021 See More

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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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“Maguey.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Aug. 2022.

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