variants: or anilau \ äˈnēˌlau̇ \ or anilo \ -​(ˌ)lō \
plural -s

Definition of anilao

1 : a shrub (Columbia serratifolia) of the family Tiliaceae yielding a strong bast fiber that is found chiefly in the Philippines
2 : any of several shrubs or trees of the genus Grewia yielding a cordage fiber

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First Known Use of anilao

circa 1902, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Anilao.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Jan. 2020.

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