esparto

noun es·par·to \ i-ˈspär-(ˌ)tō \

Definition of esparto

plural espartos
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

Origin and Etymology of esparto

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


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