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  1. tropical American plants with basal rosettes of fibrous sword-shaped leaves and flowers in tall spikes; some cultivated for ornament or for fiber Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. A genus of plants (order Amaryllidaceae) of which the chief species is the maguey or century plant (A. Americana), wrongly called Aloe. It is from ten to seventy years, according to climate, in attaining maturity, when it produces a gigantic flower stem, sometimes forty feet in height, and perishes. The fermented juice is the pulque of the Mexicans; distilled, it yields mescal. A strong thread and a tough paper are made from the leaves, and the wood has many uses. Webster Dictionary DB
  3. A genus known for fibers obtained from their leaves: sisal from A. sisalana, henequen from A. fourcroyoides and A. cantala, or Manila-Maguey fiber, from A. cantala. Some species provide a sap that is fermented to an intoxicating drink, called pulque in Mexico. Medical Dictionary DB
  4. A genus of plants of the natural order Amaryllidaceoe, found largely in Mexico; it includes the century plant, A. americana, from which pulque is made. A practical medical dictionary. By Stedman, Thomas Lathrop. Published 1920.
  5. A genus of plants, embracing the century-plant. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  6. The American aloe. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  7. The American aloe, from the juice of which the alcoholic liquor pulque is prepared. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  8. A genus of plants (order Amaryllidaceae) of which the chief species is the maguey or century plant (Agave Americana), wrongly called Aloe. It takes from ten to seventy years, according to climate, to attain maturity, when it produces a gigantic flower stem, sometimes forty feet in height, and perishes. The juice has purgative and diuretic properties. The fermented juice is the pulque of the Mexicans; distilled, it yields mescal. A strong thread and a tough paper are made from the leaves, and the wood has many uses. dictgcide_fs
  9. a-g[=a]'ve, n. a genus of herbaceous plants, natives of the warmer parts of America, which in Mexico usually flower about the seventh or eighth year, the stem rising to a height of forty feet. It is called also the American Aloe and Century Plant, receiving the latter name from the number of years (40-60, popularly a hundred) it takes to flower in our hot-houses. gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  10. (bot.). Genus of plants including American Aloe. [Latin] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  11. A genus of American plants: diuretic and antisyphilitic. American pocket medical dictionary.
  12. [Gr.] A gen. of plants; American; ord. Amaryllidaceae; e.g. American aloe. Glossary of terms and phrases - Percy
  13. n. [German] The American aloe, or century plant. Cabinet Dictionary

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