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

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First Known Use of abaca

1751, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for abaca

Spanish abacá, from Tagalog abaká

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“Abaca.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/abaca. Accessed 3 Mar. 2021.

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