Definition of agave in English:

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agave

Pronunciation: /əˈɡävē/

noun

A succulent plant with rosettes of narrow spiny leaves and tall flower spikes, native to the southern US and tropical America.
  • Genus Agave, family Agavaceae: numerous species, including the century plant.
Example sentences
  • Species with leathery leaves such as agaves, aloes, echeverias and sanseverias are the obvious choice because they can tolerate extremes of heat, cold and drought.
  • Succulent plants such as agaves, aloes, and echeverias are often associated with heat-loving landscapes.
  • The often steep and rugged lower slopes of the mountains are dominated by cacti, agaves, yuccas, and thorn-bearing shrubs.

Origin

Latin, from Greek Agauē, the name of one of the daughters of Cadmus in Greek mythology, from agauos 'illustrious'.

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Syllabification: a·ga·ve

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