ab·a·ca | \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

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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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