abaca


ab·a·ca

noun \ˌa-bə-ˈkä, ˈa-bə-ˌ\

Definition of ABACA

1
:  a strong fiber obtained from the leafstalk of a banana (Musa textilis) native to the Philippines —called also Manila hemp
2
:  the plant that yields abaca

Origin of ABACA

Spanish abacá, from Tagalog abaká
First Known Use: circa 1805

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