- a Philippine plant, Musa textilis.
- the fiber of this plant, used in making rope, fabrics, etc.
Origin of abaca
1810–20; < Spanish < Tagalog abaká
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Examples from the Web for abaca
When will you make hemp from that abaca you cut into pieces?A Dictionary of Cebuano Visayan
John U. Wolff
The abaca fiber is not spun or wrung, but is jointed end to end.
They make excellent stuffs of cotton and of abaca, dyeing them various colours with extracts of the woods grown in the country.The Inhabitants of the Philippines
Frederic H. Sawyer
Weavers of abaca left their looms and hung out of the windows to talk with their neighbours about the great event.A Woman's Journey through the Philippines
Florence Kimball Russel
The women weave and sell beautiful fabrics of pina, silk, cotton and abaca.
- a Philippine plant, Musa textilis, related to the banana: family Musaceae. Its leafstalks are the source of Manila hemp
- another name for Manila hemp
via Spanish from Tagalog abaká
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