- an agave, Agave americana, native to tropical America but naturalized elsewhere, having very large spiny greyish leaves and greenish flowers on a tall fleshy stalk. It blooms only once in its life, after 10 to 30 years (formerly thought to flower after a century)
Also called: American aloe
WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
- 1755–65, American.