Definition of lechuguilla in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌleCHəˈɡēə/

Entry from US English dictionary


A succulent desert plant (Agave lecheguilla) of Mexico, with pointed basal leaves and a tall flower spike. It is a principal source of ixtle.
Example sentences
  • In several areas along the waterway, springs support a rich wetland flora, yet on dry terraces only fifteen feet above the wetlands grow plants of the desert: lechuguilla, ocotillo, San Angelo yucca, and Turk's head.
  • The succulent, yellow-green rosettes of lechuguilla are widely suckering.
  • Although the lechuguilla has proven to be quite interesting, I would never recommend it for the average garden.

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Syllabification: lech·u·guil·la

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