Definition of agave in English:

agave

noun

  • A succulent plant with rosettes of narrow spiny leaves and tall flower spikes, native to the southern US and tropical America.

    • ‘Succulent plants such as agaves, aloes, and echeverias are often associated with heat-loving landscapes.’
    • ‘Its larger counterpart, the agave or century plant, like a tank-trap, can still be seen used as a washing line, with the clothes hung on the huge spikes.’
    • ‘As we began descending from mountains into the desert, I saw agaves, cacti, and ocotillo thriving on the dry, rugged slopes.’
    • ‘In warmer climates such as those of California and Texas, I've seen it growing with desert plants like cactus and agave.’
    • ‘The often steep and rugged lower slopes of the mountains are dominated by cacti, agaves, yuccas, and thorn-bearing shrubs.’
    • ‘Anchor the landscape with permanent plants that look good year-round; Armann planted agave, lantana, rosemary, and yucca.’
    • ‘Rather spookily, an agave and some opium poppies had survived last winter almost unscathed.’
    • ‘A sustainable cropping system is used to harvest the agave plants just before they flower.’
    • ‘Some vascular plants have also developed succulence, a condition in which the tissues are spongy and swollen for storing water, as in cacti and agaves.’
    • ‘Maguey is a kind of agave with succulent leaves and a sharp thorn on the tip.’
    • ‘Two features make the Chihuahuan Desert region unique: the vast temperate grasslands that skirt the mountain flanks at mid-elevation and the diversity of yuccas and agaves.’
    • ‘Plants such as tree ferns, agaves and olive trees can all be grown quite well.’
    • ‘Indeed, Mediterranean plants and succulents like agaves work splendidly in coastal and desert plantings.’
    • ‘Species with leathery leaves such as agaves, aloes, echeverias and sanseverias are the obvious choice because they can tolerate extremes of heat, cold and drought.’
    • ‘As a native Californian, she was particularly drawn to plants that define Southern California gardening, such as agaves, bush anemones, cycads, and New Zealand flax.’
    • ‘Hot yellows and reds are very popular right now and in the last five years agaves and yuccas have been making impressive architectural statements in gardens.’
    • ‘While the garden's toughest souls - including agaves, plumbago and ornamental grasses - remain healthy enough to prevent us from feeling total despair, other plants are showing signs of stress.’
    • ‘They lead into pine forests as well as impressive stands of coastal sage scrub and chaparral communities notable for Mojave yuccas, prickly pear, and agaves.’
    • ‘Spiny agaves are limited to the front yard, while softer plants grow in back, where the children play.’
    • ‘Hosta sieboldiana ‘Elegans’, the grey-blue tinge of an agave and the blue flowers of nepeta all work in harmony with the piece.’

Origin

Latin, from Greek Agauē, the name of one of the daughters of Cadmus in Greek mythology, from agauos ‘illustrious’.

Pronunciation

agave

/əˈɡeɪvi/