abaca

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See also: abacá, abacà, and abacă

English[edit]

abaca (Musa textilis)
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From Spanish abacá, from the native Tagalog name for the plant, abaká.

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abaca (countable and uncountable, plural abacas)

  1. Musa textilis, a species of banana tree native to the Philippines grown for its textile, rope- and papermaking fibre. [First attested in the mid 18th century.][1]
  2. (uncountable) The fiber of this plant, used in rope. [First attested in the mid 18th century.][1]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 “abaca” in Lesley Brown, editor-in-chief; William R. Trumble and Angus Stevenson, editors, The Shorter Oxford English Dictionary on Historical Principles, 5th edition, Oxford; New York, N.Y.: Oxford University Press, 2002, ISBN 978-0-19-860457-0, page 2.

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Noun[edit]

abaca m (plural abacas)

  1. a banana tree, the abaca
  2. Manilla hemp

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