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, common name for some members of the Amaryllidaceae, a family of mostly perennial plants with narrow, flat leaves and with lilylike flowers borne on separate, leafless stalks.
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A fiber obtained from the agave (Agave cantala); maguey fibers are white, stiff, brilliant, and light in weight, and are used chiefly for binder twine.
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