Manila hemp

  1. a fibrous material made from the leafstalks of the abacá, Musa textilis, used for making ropes, fabrics, etc.

Origin of Manila hemp

First recorded in 1850–55

Words Nearby Manila hemp Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use Manila hemp in a sentence

  • We had ours specially manufactured for us, from the best Manila hemp, by a London rope-maker of good repute.

  • The fibre is whiter, cleaner, and lighter than jute; moreover, in strength it ranks next to the best quality of Manila hemp.

    Commercial Geography | Jacques W. Redway
  • Its only industry is cigar-making, but the exports include also Manila hemp, sugar, and coffee.

    The Nuttall Encyclopaedia | Edited by Rev. James Wood

British Dictionary definitions for Manila hemp

Manila hemp

  1. a fibre obtained from the plant abaca, used for rope, paper, etc

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