pi·​as·​sa·​va ˌpē-ə-ˈsä-və How to pronounce piassava (audio)
: any of several stiff coarse fibers obtained from palms and used especially in cordage or brushes
: a palm yielding piassava
especially : either of two Brazilian palms (Attalea funifera and Leopoldinia piassaba)

Word History


Portuguese piassaba, from Tupi pɨasáβa

First Known Use

1835, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of piassava was in 1835

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“Piassava.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/piassava. Accessed 27 May. 2024.

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