esparto

noun
es·​par·​to | \ i-ˈspär-(ˌ)tō How to pronounce esparto (audio) \
plural espartos

Definition of esparto

1 : either of two Spanish and Algerian grasses (Stipa tenacissima and Lygeum spartum) used especially to make cordage, shoes, and paper

called also esparto grass

2 : the fiber of esparto

First Known Use of esparto

1845, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for esparto

Spanish, from Latin spartum, from Greek sparton — more at spire

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“Esparto.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/esparto. Accessed 22 Jun. 2021.

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