Definition of esparto in English:


Syllabification: es·par·to
Pronunciation: /iˈspärtō
(also esparto grass)

noun (plural espartos)

  • A coarse grass with tough narrow leaves, native to Spain and North Africa. It is used to make ropes, wickerwork, and high-quality paper.
    • Stipa tenacissima, family Gramineae
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    • The Canary Islands' production of tobacco and bananas is important, as is that of esparto grass on the eastern meseta for the manufacture of traditional footgear and other items.
    • Mostly desert, with only 2 percent of its territory arable, Libya's major exports were esparto grass and scrap iron from its World War II battlefields.
    • The pasture field was overgrown with an abundance of esparto grass, but the area where the carcass was found was clean and scorched.


mid 19th century: from Spanish, via Latin from Greek sparton 'rope'.

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