Definition of henequen in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈhenək(w)ən/


1A fiber resembling sisal, chiefly used for twine and paper pulp.
Example sentences
  • Most in this area produced henequen, an agave fibre that we know under the name ‘sisal’ and which the Mexicans nicknamed ‘green gold’.
  • Baskets, mats, and hammocks are woven from plant fibers such as henequen.
  • He is the author of ‘The Green Republic: A Conservation History of Costa Rica,’ and is completing a manuscript on the history and ecology of the Yucatan henequen industry.
2A Central American agave from which henequen fiber is obtained.
  • Agave fourcroydes, family Agavaceae.
Example sentences
  • Potential sources being tested include soy, hemp, ramie, kenaf stems, pineapple and henequen leaves, and banana stems.
  • They labored on vast tobacco, sugarcane, and henequen plantations, in virtual slavery enforced by their continuing debt to the landowners.


Early 17th century: from Spanish jeniquen, from a local word.

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Syllabification: hen·e·quen

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