sisal

noun
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

Examples of sisal in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Wills took a page from her days at Ralph Lauren Home and layered sisal and striped Dash and Albert rugs together with blue and white patterned pillows and Anthropologie chairs. Tommy Agriodimas., House Beautiful, 9 Feb. 2021 That trip was apparently prevented, but clearly that didn't keep the ship from continuing its journeys, which also involved taking sisal fiber and paying passengers to Cuba. Mark Stevenson, Star Tribune, 15 Sep. 2020 That trip was apparently prevented, but clearly that didn’t keep the ship from continuing its journeys, which also involved taking sisal fiber and paying passengers to Cuba. Mark Stevenson, chicagotribune.com, 15 Sep. 2020 Carpet, hardwood, a sisal rug, and even a shag number in the nursery (probably not the best decision in hindsight, what with the dog and all). Patricia Shannon, Southern Living, 14 May 2020 Giving cats a place to perch and hide, such as on a fur or sisal cat tree, appeals to their instincts as prey, as cats are both predator and prey. Kristen Rogers, CNN, 15 Apr. 2020 When shopping for a rug, the Environmental Working Group suggests looking for rugs made of wool or other natural materials such as sisal, jute or sea grass; padding made of wool or felt; and no stain or waterproofing treatments. Washington Post, 22 Jan. 2020 The company works with fibers from rapidly replenishable materials: jute, sisal, wool, alpaca and linen. Washington Post, 22 Jan. 2020 Chablé Resort & Spa Half an hour’s drive from Mérida, the state capital of Yucatán, Chablé began life as an 18th-century sisal hacienda, and many of its original buildings endure. Ann Abel, Condé Nast Traveler, 17 Jan. 2020

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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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“Sisal.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sisal. Accessed 18 Jun. 2021.

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sisal

noun

English Language Learners Definition of sisal

: a strong white fiber made from a tropical plant

sisal

noun
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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Nglish: Translation of sisal for Spanish Speakers

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