[sahy-suh l, sis-uh l]
- Also called sisal hemp. a fiber yielded by an agave, Agave sisalana, of Yucatán, used for making rope, rugs, etc.
- the plant itself.
Origin of sisal
1835–45; short for Sisal grass or hemp, named after Sisal, port in Yucatán
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Examples from the Web for sisal
The fiber is larger, not so stiff, but stronger than Sisal hemp.Textiles
William H. Dooley
It is rumored that from the state of sisal and henequen he will pick his running-mate.Diplomatic Days
The exportation of sisal plants was prohibited by the German Government.Germany's Vanishing Colonies
Gordon Le Sueur
The principal port, Progreso, is an open roadstead where no shelter is obtained, the old abandoned port of Sisal being superior.Mexico
Charles Reginald Enock
Sisal is a sort of small oxen striped like a zebra and spotted like a leopard.'Susan Clegg and Her Love Affairs
- a Mexican agave plant, Agave sisalana, cultivated for its large fleshy leaves, which yield a stiff fibre used for making rope
- the fibre of this plant
- any of the fibres of certain similar or related plants
Also called: sisal hemp
C19: from Mexican Spanish, named after Sisal, a port in Yucatán, Mexico
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Word Origin and History for sisal
1883, short for Sisal hemp or grass (1843), from Sisal, port in Yucatan, from which the rope-making fiber was exported.
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