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abaca

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noun ab·a·ca \ˌa-bə-ˈkä, ˈa-bə-ˌ\

Definition of abaca

  1. 1 :  a strong fiber obtained from the leafstalk of a banana (Musa textilis) native to the Philippines —called also Manila hemp

  2. 2 :  the plant that yields abaca



Origin of abaca

Spanish abacá, from Tagalog abaká


First Known Use: circa 1805



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