(iscle [ískle] < Nahuatl ichtli; also ixtle < Nahuatl ixtli)
   OED: 1883. A fiber obtained from an agave or yucca plant, used to make carpets, nets, ropes, and other items. The OED indicates that it comes from Bromelia sylvestris and several species of agave, such as Agave ixtli. Santamaría glosses two related terms. He indicates that in Mexico iscle refers to the filament of the maguey plant before it has been rinsed. After the rinsing process, it is called pita. It is also the common name of several agave plants that produce the fiber, such as Agave rigida and A. endlichiana. Ixtle is a related Aztequism that has become a universal name for any vegetable fiber, especially the ones produced by plants of the genus Agave. By extension, it refers to several ropes made of such fiber used by charros. See also lechuguilla.

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  • Ixtle — Ix tle, Ixtli Ix tli([i^]x tl[ e]), n. 1. (Bot.) A Mexican name for a variety of {Agave rigida}, which furnishes a strong coarse fiber; also, the fiber itself, which is called also {pita}, and {Tampico fiber}. [Written also {istle}.] [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Ixtle — Ix tle Ixtil Ix til, n. The fine, soft fiber of the bromeliaceous plant {Bromelia sylvestris} …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • Ixtle — Ixtle, s.v.w. Istle …   Kleines Konversations-Lexikon

  • ixtle — [ikst(ə)l] n. m. ÉTYM. 1931; mot mexicain. ❖ ♦ Didact. Plante textile, agave ou yucca …   Encyclopédie Universelle

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  • ixtle — variant of istle * * * ixtle, ixtli see istle …   Useful english dictionary

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