• synonyms


  1. Also called monkey grass. a coarse, woody fiber obtained from either of two palms, Leopoldina piassaba or Attalea funifera, of South America, used in making brooms, mats, etc.
  2. either of these trees.
Show More
Also pi·as·sa·ba [pee-uh-sah-vuh, -buh] /ˌpi əˈsɑ və, -bə/.

Origin of piassava

1825–35; < Portuguese < Tupi piaçaba
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for piassava

Historical Examples

British Dictionary definitions for piassava


pias (ˌpiːəˈsɑːbə)

  1. either of two South American palm trees, Attalea funifera or Leopoldinia piassaba
  2. the coarse fibre obtained from either of these trees, used to make brushes and rope
Show More

Word Origin

C19: via Portuguese from Tupi piaçaba
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012