sisal

[sahy-suh l, sis-uh l]
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noun

Also called sisal hemp. a fiber yielded by an agave, Agave sisalana, of Yucatán, used for making rope, rugs, etc.
the plant itself.

Origin of sisal

1835–45; short for Sisal grass or hemp, named after Sisal, port in Yucatán
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sisal

noun

a Mexican agave plant, Agave sisalana, cultivated for its large fleshy leaves, which yield a stiff fibre used for making rope
the fibre of this plant
any of the fibres of certain similar or related plants
Also called: sisal hemp

Word Origin for sisal

C19: from Mexican Spanish, named after Sisal, a port in Yucatán, Mexico
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Word Origin and History for sisal
n.

1883, short for Sisal hemp or grass (1843), from Sisal, port in Yucatan, from which the rope-making fiber was exported.

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