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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.


  1. Agave americana

    Agave americana, common names centuryplant, maguey or American aloe, is a species of flowering plant in the family Agavaceae, originally native to Mexico, Arizona and Texas but cultivated worldwide as an ornamental plant. It has become naturalized in many regions including the West Indies, parts of South America, the Mediterranean Basin, parts of Africa, India, China, Korea, Thailand, New Zealand, Australia and an assortment of oceanic islands. Despite the common name "American aloe", it is not closely related to plants in the genus Aloe.


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