abaca

noun
ab·​a·​ca | \ ˌa-bə-ˈkä How to pronounce abaca (audio) , ˈa-bə-ˌkä \

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

Examples of abaca in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In the living room, there’s a graphic abaca rug in the shape of a slithering snake. Julia Bainbridge, New York Times, "A Glamorous, ’70s-Style Retreat in Downtown Manhattan," 26 Mar. 2020 Made in silk abaca straw, the hat finished off the royal mom’s all-pink chic look for the event back in July. Monique Jessen, PEOPLE.com, "All About Kate Middleton’s Luxe Headband Obsession — and How to Get Her Retro Look for Less," 12 Nov. 2019 The Josef Frank–style candlestick lamp is from Svenskt Tenn, the swing-arm lamp is by Ann-Morris, Inc., and the custom abaca rug is by Beauvais Carpets. Nancy Hass, ELLE Decor, "Inside an Upper East Side Home that Trades Stuffiness for Neon-Hued Glamour," 21 May 2018 Designer: DeAnna Gibbons, DeAnna Gibbons Millinery Dresses: A royal wedding guest Materials: Draped lilac silk abaca with handmade red silk flowers, red glass currents and yellow nose-length veil. Tony Bravo, San Francisco Chronicle, "Designers share their visions for the royal wedding," 26 Jan. 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'abaca.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of abaca

1751, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for abaca

Spanish abacá, from Tagalog abaká

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about abaca

Time Traveler for abaca

Time Traveler

The first known use of abaca was in 1751

See more words from the same year

Statistics for abaca

Cite this Entry

“Abaca.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/abaca. Accessed 1 Jun. 2020.

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on abaca

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with abaca

Nglish: Translation of abaca for Spanish Speakers

Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about abaca

Comments on abaca

What made you want to look up abaca? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

See Definitions and Examples »

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

May 2020 Words of the Day Quiz

  • a blooming wisteria tree
  • Which is a synonym of exiguous?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Add Diction

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!