Definition of ixtle in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈɪkstli
(also istle)


[mass noun]
(In Mexico and Central America) a plant fibre used for cordage, nets, and carpets.
  • This fibre is obtained chiefly from Agave species (family Agavaceae), in particular A. funkiana and A. lecheguilla
More example sentences
  • Craftsman José Isabel Quiroz learned how to weave ixtle from his father, who still works with him.
  • Pita is another maguey fiber, finer than ixtle, used to create fancy trim on the edges of leather work.
  • This is a stiff fibre, yet Aztec techniques for the spinning and weaving of ixtle were capable of producing flexible and delicate cloth.


late 19th century: via American Spanish from Nahuatl ixtli.

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