or espar·to grass
- any of several grasses, especially Stipa tenacissima, of southern Europe and northern Africa, used for making paper, cordage, etc.
Origin of esparto
1585–95; < Spanish < Latin spartum < Greek spárton rope made of spártos kind of rush
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Examples from the Web for esparto
Its chief exports are esparto grass, sponges, and dye-stuffs.Commercial Geography
Jacques W. Redway
Esparto is a kind of grass now much used in the manufacture of paper.Hours of Exercise in the Alps
(C) Esparto is frequently bleached by the “steeping” process.The Manufacture of Paper
Robert Walter Sindall
A fibre called alfa, a variety of esparto, which grows wild on the high plateaux, is exported in large quantities.
Alfa, al′fa, n. an African name for esparto grass—also spelt Halfa.
- any of various grasses, esp Stipa tenacissima of S Europe and N Africa, that yield a fibre used to make ropes, mats, etc
C18: from Spanish, via Latin from Greek sparton rope made of rushes, from spartos a kind of rush
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