esparto

or espar·to grass

[ih-spahr-toh]
noun, plural es·par·tos.
  1. 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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esparto

esparto grass

noun plural -tos
  1. any of various grasses, esp Stipa tenacissima of S Europe and N Africa, that yield a fibre used to make ropes, mats, etc

Word Origin for esparto

C18: from Spanish, via Latin from Greek sparton rope made of rushes, from spartos a kind of rush
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