agave family

aga′ve fam`ily
n.
pln a family, Agavaceae, of fibrous low shrubs and plants with sword-shaped leaves at the base of the stem and a tall spike of flowers: includes the agave, century plant, and yucca

From formal English to slang. 2014.

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  • agave family — noun chiefly tropical and xerophytic plants: includes Dracenaceae (Dracaenaceae); comprises plants that in some classifications are divided between the Amaryllidaceae and the Liliaceae • Syn: ↑Agavaceae, ↑family Agavaceae, ↑sisal family •… …   Useful english dictionary

  • agave family — the plant family Agavaceae, characterized by herbaceous or woody plants having rhizomes, a basal cluster of toothed, sword shaped leaves, and a tall, dense spike of flowers, including the agave, century plant, dracaena, sansevieria, sisal, and… …   Universalium

  • agave — [ə gä′vē] n. [ModL < Gr Agauē, a proper name, lit., illustrious, fem. of agauos, famous] any of several plants (genus Agave) of the agave family, as the century plant: some agaves yield a fiber used for rope adj. designating a family… …   English World dictionary

  • family Agavaceae — noun chiefly tropical and xerophytic plants: includes Dracenaceae (Dracaenaceae); comprises plants that in some classifications are divided between the Amaryllidaceae and the Liliaceae • Syn: ↑Agavaceae, ↑agave family, ↑sisal family • Hypernyms:… …   Useful english dictionary

  • agave — noun Etymology: New Latin Agave, genus name, from Latin, a daughter of Cadmus, from Greek Agauē Date: circa 1797 any of a genus (Agave of the family Agavaceae, the agave family) of plants having spiny margined leaves and flowers in tall spreading …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • Agave — ID 1787 Symbol Key AGAVE Common Name agave Family Agavaceae Category Monocot Division Magnoliophyta US Nativity N/A US/NA Plant Yes State Distribution AZ, CA, FL, HI, LA, NM, NV, PR, TX, UT, VI Growth Habit N/A …   USDA Plant Characteristics

  • Agave deserti ssp. simplex — ID 1811 Symbol Key AGDES Common Name desert agave Family Agavaceae Category Monocot Division Magnoliophyta US Nativity Native to U.S. US/NA Plant Yes State Distribution AZ, CA Growth Habit Subshrub, Shrub, Forb/herb …   USDA Plant Characteristics

  • agave — /euh gah vee, euh gay /, n. any of numerous American plants belonging to the genus Agave, of the agave family, species of which are cultivated for economic or ornamental purposes: A. arizonica, of central Arizona, is an endangered species. [ < NL …   Universalium

  • Agave utahensis — ID 1854 Symbol Key AGUT Common Name Utah agave Family Agavaceae Category Monocot Division Magnoliophyta US Nativity Native to U.S. US/NA Plant Yes State Distribution AZ, CA, NV, UT Growth Habit Subshrub, Shrub, Forb/herb …   USDA Plant Characteristics

  • Agave deserti — ID 1808 Symbol Key AGDE Common Name desert agave Family Agavaceae Category Monocot Division Magnoliophyta US Nativity Native to U.S. US/NA Plant Yes State Distribution AZ, CA Growth Habit Subshrub, Shrub, Forb/herb …   USDA Plant Characteristics

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