[ab-uh-kah, ah-buh-]
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Origin of abaca

1810–20; < Spanish < Tagalog abaká
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  1. a Philippine plant, Musa textilis, related to the banana: family Musaceae. Its leafstalks are the source of Manila hemp
  2. another name for Manila hemp

Word Origin for abaca

via Spanish from Tagalog abaká
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