1. any of a number of fleshy-leaved, fiber-yielding agaves of the SW U.S., Mexico, and Central America; esp., the century plant and species used in making rope, pulque, and tequila
2. any of several other plants (genus Furcraea) of the same family
3. any of several kinds of tough fibers from these plants
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Word origin of 'maguey'Sp < Taino