ke·​naf kə-ˈnaf How to pronounce kenaf (audio)
: an African hibiscus (Hibiscus cannabinus) widely cultivated for its fiber
also : the fiber used especially for making paper and cordage

Examples of kenaf in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The panel is made of mushroom, hemp and kenaf fibers, not mushroom fiber and coconut shells. New York Times, 6 Sep. 2023 Flexform Kafus Bio-Composites Elkhart, Indiana Flexform combines polypropylene with the rugged natural fibers of hemp and kenaf – a relative of the cotton plant – to create a lightweight, high-strength nonwoven moldable material. David Pescovitz, WIRED, 1 Jan. 2001

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Word History



First Known Use

1891, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of kenaf was in 1891

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“Kenaf.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Dec. 2023.

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