istle [ist-lee] ExamplesWord Origin noun

  1. a fiber from any of several tropical American plants of the genus Agave or Yucca, used in making bagging, carpets, etc.

Also ixtle. Origin of istle 1880–85; Mexican Spanish istle, ixtle Nahuatl īchtli Examples from the Web for istle Historical Examples of istle

  • Istle, is′tl, n. a valuable fibre obtained from a tropical American plant, also from several Mexican species of Agave.

    Chambers’s Twentieth Century Dictionary (part 2 of 4: E-M)


  • British Dictionary definitions for istle istle ixtle noun

    1. a fibre obtained from various tropical American agave and yucca trees used in making carpets, cord, etc

    Word Origin for istle C19: from Mexican Spanish ixtle, from Nahuatl ichtli

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