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abaca

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

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

RELATED WORDS

fiber, marijuana, cannabis, hashish, flax, bhang, jute, bang, fennel, manila, ambary, kef, kif

Nearby words

ab-, ab- 1, ab., aba, abac, abaca, abaci, abaciscus, abacist, aback, abaco

Origin of abaca

1810–20; < Spanish < Tagalog abaká
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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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