Definitions for abacaˌæb əˈkɑ, ˌɑ bə-
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
a•ba•caˌæb əˈkɑ, ˌɑ bə-(n.)(pl.)-cas.
a Philippine plant, Musa textilis, of the banana family.
Ref: Also called Manila hemp.
Origin of abaca:
1810–20; < Sp < Tagalog abaká
Manila hemp, Manilla hemp, abaca(noun)
a kind of hemp obtained from the abaca plant in the Philippines
abaca, Manila hemp, Musa textilis(noun)
Philippine banana tree having leafstalks that yield Manila hemp used for rope and paper etc
A species of banana tree native to the Philippines grown for its textile and papermaking fibre (Musa textilis), and also called Manila hemp.
The fiber/fibre of this plant.
Origin: From abacá, from abaká (native name for the plant).
the Manila-hemp plant (Musa textilis); also, its fiber. See Manila hemp under Manila
The Nuttall Encyclopedia
Manila hemp, or the plant, native to the Philippines, which yield it in quantities.