kenaf

[kuh-naf]

noun

a tropical plant, Hibiscus cannabinus, of the mallow family, yielding a fiber resembling jute.
the fiber itself, used for cordage and textiles.

Nearby words

  1. kempis,
  2. kempis, thomas à,
  3. kempt,
  4. ken,
  5. ken.,
  6. kenbei,
  7. kench,
  8. kendal,
  9. kendal green,
  10. kendal sneck bent

Origin of kenaf

1890–95; < Persian kanaf, variant of kanab; cognate with hemp

Also called deccan hemp, ambary.

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British Dictionary definitions for kenaf

kenaf

noun

another name for ambary

Word Origin for kenaf

from Persian

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