Noun Abaca Definition and Examples







A large herbaceous Asian plant of the banana family, yielding Manila hemp.
  1. 'A leaf fiber and a member of the banana family, abaca makes an extremely strong pulp.'
  2. 'Important export crops are abaca, copra (dried coconut meat), pineapple, sugar, and tobacco.'
  3. 'The Japanese defence ministry commandeered the country's supply of abaca (hemp).'
  4. 'The shade papers are made from silk, banana, Kozo, mulberry, mango and abaca fibres.'
  5. 'These Seattle sisters design placemats and table runners out of abaca fiber.'
((n.) The Manila-hemp plant (Musa textilis); also, its fiber. See Manila hemp under Manila.)

Mid 18th century: via Spanish from Tagalog abaká.

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