• IPA: /məˈɡeɪ/

maguey (plural magueys)

  1. Any of various large agaves of Mexico and the southern US, especially the American aloe, Agave americana.
    • 2006, Thomas Pynchon, Against the Day, Vintage 2007, p. 424:
      through black fields, where tlachiqueros brought sheepskins slung across their backs full of fresh maguey juice to be fermented, and campesinos in white lined the right-of-way
    • 1985, Cormac McCarthy, Blood Meridian, Vintage 1992, p. 147:
      and they rode through strange forests of maguey--the aloe or century plant--with immense flowering stalks that rose forty feet into the desert air.
    Synonyms: agave, pita, century plant

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