piassava

noun
pi·​as·​sa·​va | \ ˌpē-ə-ˈsä-və How to pronounce piassava (audio) \

Definition of piassava

1 : any of several stiff coarse fibers obtained from palms and used especially in cordage or brushes
2 : a palm yielding piassava especially : either of two Brazilian palms (Attalea funifera and Leopoldinia piassaba)

First Known Use of piassava

1835, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for piassava

Portuguese piassaba, from Tupi pɨasáβa

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“Piassava.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/piassava. Accessed 24 Nov. 2020.

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