si·​sal | \ ˈsī-səl How to pronounce sisal (audio) , -zəl\

Definition of sisal

1a : a strong white fiber used especially for cordage and twine

called also sisal hemp

b : a widely cultivated Mexican agave (Agave sisalana) whose leaves yield sisal
2 : any of several fibers similar to true sisal

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Rugs made of sisal, bamboo, sea grass, and even hemp have proven to be a favorite for top designers and families with pets and children, but another style that's just as popular is jute. Monique Valeris, ELLE Decor, "What is a Jute Rug?," 20 Feb. 2019 Meaningful accents like these are given space to breathe against thoughtful neutrals, like a caramel ottoman and a sisal rug. House Beautiful, "There's Pattern in Every Room of This Designer's Happy Home," 7 Mar. 2019 This comes in the form of fabrics, like burlap and sisal, as well as plants. Sienna Fantozzi, House Beautiful, "Everything You Need To Know About Bohemian Design," 19 Oct. 2018 The post has to be covered with the right surface (sisal or rope, not carpeting), stand at the right height (3 feet or so), and be in the right location (ideally near a window or other non-secluded spot in the house)., "Even the naughtiest cat listens to this whisperer," 23 Mar. 2018 Today the space blends comfort and luxury with such organic touches as rustic wood floors and a sisal rug. Neal J. Leitereg And Lauren Beale,, "Hot Property Newsletter: Do the math," 16 June 2018 Sculptures of boats, humans, and Chinese zodiac figures will be made from bamboo, sisal, and silk, the materials associated with traditional kite-making. Brittany Martin, Los Angeles Magazine, "Ai Weiwei Will Be All Over L.A. This Fall With Simultaneous Exhibits," 22 May 2018 Price: $8,800 Rug A thick sisal rug covers some of the white shell-stone flooring, which runs through the cabana, house and backyard. Leigh Kamping-carder, WSJ, "A Miami Hospitality Exec Gives His Backyard a Resort-Style Makeover," 15 May 2018 Cesta sisal basket bag with leather strap, $350 at Hayley Phelan, New York Times, "Jeans of the Future," 9 May 2018

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First Known Use of sisal

1827, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for sisal

Sisal, port in Yucatán, Mexico

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English Language Learners Definition of sisal

: a strong white fiber made from a tropical plant


si·​sal | \ ˈsī-səl How to pronounce sisal (audio) , -zəl\

Kids Definition of sisal

: a long strong white fiber made from the leaves of a Mexican plant and used to make rope and twine

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