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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

cen′tury plant`(n.)

  1. a desert agave, Agave americana, having a tall flower stalk emerging from a rosette of leaves, that requires a decade or more to mature and blooms only once.

    Category: Plants

Origin of century plant:

1755–65, Amer.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. agave, century plant, American aloe(noun)

    tropical American plants with basal rosettes of fibrous sword-shaped leaves and flowers in tall spikes; some cultivated for ornament or for fiber


  1. century plant(Noun)

    An agave (Agave americana) originally from Mexico but cultivated worldwide.

  2. Origin: So named because the plant may live for several decades before producing flowers. Once a plant flowers and produces seeds, it dies.


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