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Manila hemp

a fibrous material made from the leafstalks of the abacá, Musa textilis, used for making ropes, fabrics, etc.
Also called Manila, manilla.
Origin of Manila hemp
First recorded in 1850-55 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The fibre is whiter, cleaner, and lighter than jute; moreover, in strength it ranks next to the best quality of Manila hemp.

    Commercial Geography

    Jacques W. Redway
  • Its only industry is cigar-making, but the exports include also Manila hemp, sugar, and coffee.

    The Nuttall Encyclopaedia Edited by Rev. James Wood
British Dictionary definitions for Manila hemp

Manila hemp

a fibre obtained from the plant abaca, used for rope, paper, etc
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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