sisal

[ sahy-suhl, sis-uhl ]
/ ˈsaɪ səl, ˈsɪs əl /

noun

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

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Origin of sisal

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

sisal
/ (ˈsaɪsəl) /

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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