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guayule (plural guayules)

  1. Parthenium argentatum, a flowering shrub in the aster family.
    • 2015 August 18, Diane Cardwell, “Making Tires From a Desert Shrub Found in the U.S.”, in New York Times[1]:
      Interest in guayule as an alternative returned during World War II, when the Japanese cut off access to hevea-based rubber, spurring the Emergency Rubber Project, which involved thousands of scientists, technicians and laborers, some of them Japanese internees.