noun es·par·to \i-ˈspär-(ˌ)tō\

Definition of esparto



  1. 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. 2 :  the fiber of esparto

Origin and Etymology of esparto

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

First Known Use: 1845

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