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 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, "I Can’t Stop Talking About My Bissell Cordless Vacuum," 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, "Your cat's 'bad' behavior might mean they miss you, study says," 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, "5 ways to give your home a green reboot," 22 Jan. 2020 The company works with fibers from rapidly replenishable materials: jute, sisal, wool, alpaca and linen. Washington Post, "5 ways to give your home a green reboot," 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, "The Best Resorts in Mexico: 2019 Readers' Choice Awards," 17 Jan. 2020 Situated on the Mandrare River in the south of Madagascar, Tucker Brown’s Mandrare camp occupies the house of a former sisal plantation owner. Tom Downey, WSJ, "Exploring Madagascar Is Now Easier Than Ever," 18 July 2018 In 1926, American businessmen backed by the American military government seized more than 12,000 acres of fertile land from Haitian peasants in the Cap Haitian region to grow sisal, a fibrous plant used in weaving. Vincent Joos, The Conversation, "Gas shortages paralyze Haiti, triggering protests against failing economy and dysfunctional politics," 23 Sep. 2019 How to choose the best dry body brush Body brushes can be constructed with materials like wood and synthetic or natural bristles made from plant fibers like sisal (derived from agave). April Franzino, Good Housekeeping, "What Is "Dry Brushing" and Can It Really Cure Cellulite?," 31 July 2019

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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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The first known use of sisal was in 1827

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29 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Sisal.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Jul. 2020.

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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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