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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Manila hemp, Manilla hemp, abaca(noun)

    a kind of hemp obtained from the abaca plant in the Philippines

  2. abaca, Manila hemp, Musa textilis(noun)

    Philippine banana tree having leafstalks that yield Manila hemp used for rope and paper etc


  1. abaca(Noun)

    A species of banana tree native to the Philippines grown for its textile and papermaking fibre (Musa textilis), and also called Manila hemp.

  2. abaca(Noun)

    The fiber/fibre of this plant.

  3. Origin: From abacá, from abaká (native name for the plant).

Webster Dictionary

  1. Abaca(noun)

    the Manila-hemp plant (Musa textilis); also, its fiber. See Manila hemp under Manila

  2. Origin: [The native name.]


  1. Abacá

    Abacá, binomial name Musa textilis, is a species of banana native to the Philippines, grown as a commercial crop in the Philippines, Ecuador, and Costa Rica. The plant is of great economic importance, being harvested for its fiber, once generally called Manila hemp, extracted from the trunk or pseudostem. On average, the plant grows about 12 feet tall. The fiber was originally used for making twines and ropes; now most abacá is pulped and used in a variety of specialized paper products including tea bags, filter paper and banknotes. It is classified as a hard fiber, along with coir, henequin and sisal.

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Abaca

    Manila hemp, or the plant, native to the Philippines, which yield it in quantities.

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