Definition of henequen in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈhɛnɪkɛn


[mass noun]
  • 1A fibre resembling sisal, which is chiefly used for binder twine and paper pulp.
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    • 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 is obtained.
    • Agave fourcroydes, family Agavaceae
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    • 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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