majagua

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n majagua erect forest tree of Cuba and Jamaica having variably hairy leaves and orange-yellow or orange-red flowers; yields a moderately dense timber for cabinetwork and gunstocks
    • n majagua shrubby tree widely distributed along tropical shores; yields a light tough wood used for canoe outriggers and a fiber used for cordage and caulk; often cultivated for ornament
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n majagua A malvaceous tree, Pariti tiliaceum, native in Porto Rice, Cuba, Mexico, Central America, and South America, and widely distributed throughout the warm regions of the world. Its strong, flexible bast-fiber was in use by the natives of America before the advent of Europeans. In Porto Rico, nearly all the ropes in use are made from this fiber. Called also emajagua. See balibago, fau, 2.
    • n majagua A collective name used in Spanish-speaking countries for the bast-fibers of a number of malvaceous and similar plants. See mahoe.
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Usage

In literature:

They are great flower feeders and haunt aloes and the majagua tree when it is in bloom.
"Life Histories of North American Wood Warblers Part One and Part Two" by Arthur Bent
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