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[muh-nil-uh] /məˈnɪl ə/
noun Unabridged
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  • The Saint George now sailed for the northward, and, to the great joy of the crew, espied the manilla galleon.

    Notable Voyagers W.H.G. Kingston and Henry Frith
  • manilla, coir, and some other ropes, do not require tarring.

    The Sailor's Word-Book William Henry Smyth
  • We fell in with the schooner (the Young Queen) the day after we left manilla.

  • She was a Spanish bark, bound to manilla, but as she had no goods on board they let her go.

    Notable Voyagers W.H.G. Kingston and Henry Frith
  • Search being made, the letter was discovered, which Ersola had intended to send by some natives to manilla.

    Notable Voyagers W.H.G. Kingston and Henry Frith
  • The ropes made from it are of that kind called manilla hemp.

    Mexico and its Religion Robert A. Wilson
  • To deceive them Spanish colours were hoisted, and the ship was made to look as much as possible like the manilla galleon.

    Notable Voyagers W.H.G. Kingston and Henry Frith
  • When the English captured manilla, they found this sultan incarcerated.

  • There are many other fruits and vegetables procurable at manilla, but those mentioned are the sorts usually met with.

  • We visited a manufactory of cheroots, for which manilla is celebrated.

    In the Eastern Seas W.H.G. Kingston
British Dictionary definitions for manilla


an early form of currency in W Africa in the pattern of a small bracelet
Word Origin
from Spanish: bracelet, diminutive of mano hand, from Latin manus
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Word Origin and History for manilla

variant of Manila, especially in manilla paper (1832).

"ring, bracelet," from Spanish manilla, from Latin monilia, plural of monile "collar, necklace" (see mane). Influenced in Spanish by Spanish mano "hand."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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