Definition of sisal
1a : a strong white fiber used especially for cordage and twine —called also sisal hempb : a widely cultivated Mexican agave (Agave sisalana) whose leaves yield sisal
2 : any of several fibers similar to true sisal
Recent Examples of sisal from the Web
And a synthetic sisal carpet, typically used on boats, was cut to fit the space and hide the concrete floor.
For contemporary art, the Fundación de Artistas, which is next door, has works from artists like Marcela Díaz (imposing sculpture made from sisal) and Ulrike Arnold, whose abstract paintings are created from earth and meteorite dust.
Though it is decorated in a mostly modern style, with clean white walls and sisal carpets, Oliver Messel’s tastefully rococo presence is felt here too.
Is that a sisal rug hanging on the wall in the entry?
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Origin and Etymology of sisal
Sisal, port in Yucatán, Mexico
First Known Use: 1842See Words from the same year
SISAL Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of sisal for English Language Learners
: a strong white fiber made from a tropical plant
SISAL Defined for Kids
Definition of sisal for Students
: a long strong white fiber made from the leaves of a Mexican plant and used to make rope and twine
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