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piassava

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noun pi·as·sa·va \ˌpē-ə-ˈsä-və\

Definition of piassava

  1. 1 :  any of several stiff coarse fibers obtained from palms and used especially in cordage or brushes

  2. 2 :  a palm yielding piassava; especially :  either of two Brazilian palms (Attalea funifera and Leopoldinia piassaba)



Origin of piassava

Portuguese piassaba, from Tupi p i̵asáβa


First Known Use: 1835

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