sa·​ca·​huis·​te ˌsa-kə-ˈwi-stə How to pronounce sacahuiste (audio)
variants or sacahuista
: a bear grass (Nolina texana) of the southwestern U.S. and Mexico that may cause poisoning in some livestock

Word History


Mexican Spanish zacahuiscle, from Nahuatl *zacahuitztli, from zacatl grass, hay + huitztli thorn

First Known Use

1896, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of sacahuiste was in 1896

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Cite this Entry

“Sacahuiste.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Sep. 2023.

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