century plant

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n century plant tropical American plants with basal rosettes of fibrous sword-shaped leaves and flowers in tall spikes; some cultivated for ornament or for fiber
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In the 14th century, the Arabs started to cultivate coffee plants. The first commercially grown and harvested coffee originated in the Arabian Peninsula near the port of Mocha.
    • Century plant (Bot) the Agave Americana, formerly supposed to flower but once in a century; -- hence the name. See Agave.
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Usage

In literature:

Probably all of them were planted by the Earl of Lincoln or the Duke of Newcastle early in the eighteenth century.
"Highways and Byways in Surrey" by Eric Parker
The Ivy was a plant as much admired by our grandfathers of the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries as it is now by us.
"The plant-lore and garden-craft of Shakespeare" by Henry Nicholson Ellacombe
In front is a smooth lawn where grow century-plants and ornamental shrubs, including the India-rubber tree.
"Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science, Vol. 26, October, 1880" by Various
Frequently planted a century ago, but now quite rare in the eastern United States.
"Trees of the Northern United States" by Austin C. Apgar
After he had behaved himself well in this capacity for a few centuries he received the news that he had been promoted to be a moss plant.
"Walter Pieterse" by Multatuli
She had not time to evolve a century-plant, or elaborate an oak-tree, before man would be upon it again.
"Upon The Tree-Tops" by Olive Thorne Miller
They were a brave but hot-headed folk, as might be expected of a people who for a century had been planted amid hostile Hibernians.
"Our Southern Highlanders" by Horace Kephart
During the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries the first seeds of real resistance to Turkish rule were planted in Bulgaria.
"Area Handbook for Bulgaria" by Eugene K. Keefe, Violeta D. Baluyut, William Giloane, Anne K. Long, James M. Moore, and Neda A. Walpole
About the 8th century A.D. paper drove the latter out of use, and the papyrus plant quickly became extinct.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 9, Slice 1" by Various
How much do we of the present day owe to those who a century or more ago planted this tree so abundantly in this country!
"Trees and Shrubs for English Gardens" by Ernest Thomas Cook
Centuries on centuries have passed away, since first the Red man planted his foot on this continent.
"An Address, Delivered Before the Was-ah Ho-de-no-son-ne or New Confederacy of the Iroquois" by Henry R. Schoolcraft
In Britain planting was begun, though sparingly, a century later.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 2, Slice 4" by Various
CENTURY PLANT, or AGAVE.
"The Practical Garden-Book" by C. E. Hunn
His Scotch ancestors had planted themselves in Ireland in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.
"London Days" by Arthur Warren
It establishes a milestone marking the progress of a people who first planted civilization in this county a century ago.
"The Court Houses of a Century" by Kenneth W. McKay
You must not think it is a century plant I am tending.
"Molly Brown's Post-Graduate Days" by Nell Speed
When we drove away with Sidney and passed between the great century plants, a sudden fear seized my vacillating will.
"Mariposilla" by Mary Stewart Daggett
In one garden that we visited we saw a century-plant in bud.
"Palmetto-Leaves" by Harriet Beecher Stowe
The flowering maguey, the 'Agava American,' is the century plant of the United States.
"Alamo Ranch" by Sarah Warner Brooks
The plant was named in honor of Leonard Fuch, an eminent German Botanist, who lived in the 16th century.
"Talks about Flowers." by M. D. Wellcome
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In news:

The Butler men topped the century mark in points for the second time this season with a 107-51 win over Southwestern JV on Wednesday at the Power Plant.
Residents of a Ventura neighborhood have become closer over their shared curiosity over the emergence of the three-story-tall stalk of this century plant they call The Spire.
It houses several exotic and century-old plant species.
The move threatens up to 3,000 jobs in the half-century-old plant which makes the Astra and Zafira models.
When Great Dane Trailers, a Savannah manufacturing icon for nearly a century, closed its original plant here in January 2009, company officials said they hoped to find a nearby site for a new production facility in the future.
Three years ago, Mohawk Industries eliminated or relocated the final 120 jobs at a plant that had manufactured carpet backing for nearly half a century.
0 Boeing's 787 Dreamliner sits on the tarmac at the Boeing plant in Long Beach as part of the company's multi-city Dream Tour of the new 21st century aircraft.
The New England Wild Flower Society, a century-old institution, champions native plants in its Garden in the Woods, in Framingham, Massachusetts, west of Boston.
A Century Aluminum spokeswoman says restarting the company's plant in Ravenswood remains a priority .
State regulators are taking another look at a request for a special electricity rate for Century Aluminum and the closed plant in Ravenswood.
I find striking parallels between Mike Tyson and Jurgis, the immigrant worker in "The Jungle," Upton Sinclair 's political novel about inhumane working conditions in Chicago meatpacking plants at the turn of the century.
Residents of a Ventura neighborhood have become closer over their shared curiosity over the emergence of the three-story-tall stalk of this century plant they call The Spire .
Retirees trying to get health insurance benefits restored from Century Aluminum are doubting the company is serious about reopening the closed Ravenswood plant, a spokesman said on Tuesday.
Transforming a 19th-century printing plant into a 21st-century broadcast center in Washington, DC, principal I. Guyman Martin wins XM Satellite Radio's applause.
Dovell's painting of a century plant is on display at the General Assembly Building in Richmond.
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In science:

Finally, we must mention that the first scholar, at least in western history, who suggested that many stars out there could have planets similar to ours: with plants, animals, people, etc., was Giordano Bruno, in the 16th century.
Brane Worlds, the Subanthropic Principle and the Undetectability Conjecture
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