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henequen

(hĕn`əkĭn): see sisal hempsisal hemp
[from Sisal, former chief port of Yucatan], important cordage fiber obtained from the leaves of the sisal hemp plant, an extensively cultivated tropical agave (family Agavaceae or Liliaceae).
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henequen

[′hen·ə·kən]
(materials)
A hard plant fiber, obtained from the leaves of the American agave (Agave fourcroydes) and other agave species; used to make rope, twine, and cord.
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The effect of silane coupling agent on the interface performance of henequen fiber-reinforced high-density polyethylene composites has been investigated (126).
Although the Maya had been making rope from henequen for centuries, it wasn't until the 1830s that worldwide demand for sisal turned Yucatan into Mexico's wealthiest stale.
Nearly $5 billion pesos were lost in poultry, eggs, honey, pork, lamb and cow production; $380 million pesos were lost in citrus, tropical fruit, henequen and other crops, according to Roger Gonzalez Herrera, Yucatan state secretary of rural development and fishing.
Wells and Joseph show clearly that humble rural people both inside and out of the peninsula's famous zone of henequen (sisal fiber) production were anything but passive during the years leading up to the Revolution of 1910, and that they were protesting their disenfranchisement, poverty, and oppression by the wealthy planter elite and its political henchmen long before the Revolution had to be "imported" (Joseph's formulation) with the troops of General Salvador Alvarado in 1915.
Weber 'Azul'), henequen (Agave fourcroydes Lem.), and maguey (Agave salmiana Otto ex Salm-Dyck subsp.