piassava

noun pi·as·sa·va \ ˌpē-ə-ˈsä-və \

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)

Origin and Etymology of piassava

Portuguese piassaba, from Tupi pɨasáβa


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