abaca

[ ab-uh-kah, ah-buh- ]
/ ˌæb əˈkɑ, ˌɑ bə- /

noun

a Philippine plant, Musa textilis.
the fiber of this plant, used in making rope, fabrics, etc.

Nearby words

  1. ab-,
  2. ab- 1,
  3. ab.,
  4. aba,
  5. abac,
  6. abaci,
  7. abaciscus,
  8. abacist,
  9. aback,
  10. abaco

Origin of abaca

1810–20; < Spanish < Tagalog abaká

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British Dictionary definitions for abaca

abaca

/ (ˈæbəkə) /

noun

a Philippine plant, Musa textilis, related to the banana: family Musaceae. Its leafstalks are the source of Manila hemp
another name for Manila hemp

Word Origin for abaca

via Spanish from Tagalog abaká

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