ma·​guey mə-ˈgā How to pronounce maguey (audio)
: any of various fleshy-leaved agaves (such as the century plant)
: any of several hard fibers derived from magueys
especially : cantala

Examples of maguey in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But mezcal can be made anywhere proper maguey is found, and around here, the gray-green Lion's Head maguey is abundant. John MacCormack,, 9 Dec. 2020 And then there are the famous worms, actually a segmented maguey grub. John MacCormack,, 9 Dec. 2020 Sotelo’s father would wrap the meat in maguey leaves like a tamale. Nikki O'Neill, Chicago Tribune, 27 June 2023 So to sample a six-month-aged tequila reinforces the bounty of the land and the maguey. Karla Alindahao, Forbes, 28 Apr. 2021 Its skin is a grotesque hash of maguey leaves and glue; embedded within it are wayward objects lost along the same migratory route Maravilla traveled as a boy — a child’s Croc, toys, bottles of Lanman Florida Water, commonly used in Central American Cultures to purge bad spirits. Globe Staff,, 25 May 2023 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, 29 Sep. 2022 Curiously enough, the roots of the maguey are the material in which the image of the Virgin of Juquila (standing out from the family altar honoring Mrs. Uveria’s brother, her daughters-in-law’s aunts and grandmothers, and her parents-in-law) is carved. Vogue, 29 Oct. 2021 The mezcal also supplies some of the vegetal undertones of the maguey plant from which it is distilled. New York Times, 30 Mar. 2021 See More

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Word History


Spanish, from Taino

First Known Use

1555, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of maguey was in 1555

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“Maguey.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Dec. 2023.

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ma·​guey mə-ˈgā How to pronounce maguey (audio)
plural magueys
: any of various agaves (as the century plant) with fleshy leaves
: any of several hard fibers obtained from magueys

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