si·​sal | \ ˈsī-səl, -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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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 The Japanese-style fire pit and tin range hood are custom, the floor lamp is from the ’70s, the sisal carpet is by Stark, the ceiling beams are Douglas fir, and a series of color lithographs from Japan are displayed along the pine wainscoting. Vanessa Lawrence And ·, ELLE Decor, "How a Japanese House in Upstate New York Found Its Zen," 19 Apr. 2018 The original depression-era workers dumped plaster, wood, and construction debris inside the walls, and the windows were made watertight with sisal rope, a technique Fidler recognized from ships and buildings of the 18th century. Chris Nichols, Los Angeles Magazine, "The Academy Museum Is Restoring This 1939 Mid-Wilshire Landmark," 5 Apr. 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, -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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