1. any of several plants (genus Agave) of the agave family, as the century plant: some agaves yield a fiber used for rope
2. designating a family (Agavaceae) of monocotyledonous desert plants (order Liliales)
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Word origin of 'agave'ModL < Gr Agauē, a proper name, lit., illustrious, fem. of agauos, famous