(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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  • Istle — Is tle, n. Same as {Ixtle}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Istle — (Ixtle), aus den grünen und saftigen Blättern von Bromelia silvestris auf einfache Weise, z. T. auch mit Maschinenarbeit, in Mexiko, Mittelamerika, Westindien gewonnene Faser. Die Pflanzen werden nicht kultiviert und liefern je nach dem Standort… …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • Istle — Istle, Hodurasgras, Tampicofaser, die Fasern der Blätter verschiedener Agavenarten, zu Bürsten und als Ersatz für Fischbein benutzt …   Kleines Konversations-Lexikon

  • istle — [ist′lē] n. [< AmSp ixtle < Nahuatl i:čλi] a fiber obtained from certain tropical American plants, as various agaves: used for cordage, nets, baskets, etc …   English World dictionary

  • istle — 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

  • istle — /ist lee/, n. a fiber from any of several tropical American plants of the genus Agave or Yucca, used in making bagging, carpets, etc. Also, ixtle. [1880 85; < MexSp istle, ixtle < Nahuatl ichtli] * * * …   Universalium

  • istle — is•tle [[t]ˈɪst li[/t]] also ixtle n. pln tex a fiber from any of several tropical American agave or yucca plants, used in making bagging, carpets, etc • Etymology: 1880–85; < MexSp istle, ixtle < Nahuatl īchtli …   From formal English to slang

  • istle — noun Etymology: American Spanish ixtle, from Nahuatl īchtli Date: 1883 a strong fiber (as for cordage or basketwork) obtained from various tropical American plants (as an agave) …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • istle — is·tle …   English syllables

  • istle — /ˈɪstli/ (say istlee) noun a fibre from various tropical American trees of the genus Agave or Yucca, used in making carpets, etc. Also, ixtle. {American Spanish, from Nahuatl ixtli} …   Australian English dictionary