Definition of kenaf in English:

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Pronunciation: /kəˈnaf/


1A tropical plant of the mallow family that yields a jutelike fiber.
  • Hibiscus cannabinus, family Malvaceae.
Example sentences
  • Hemp and other fiber-producing plants as kenaf and sawgrass are currently being investigated as potential building products.
  • Southern pine trees can take years to reach harvestable size, while kenaf reaches a mature height of 12 to 118 feet over its five-month growing season.
  • The answer to our problems is not more mechanized farming to grow kenaf or hemp.
1.1The brown fiber of the kenaf plant, used to make paper, ropes, and coarse cloth.
Example sentences
  • Many large companies are using kenaf and kenaf / wood blends for annual reports as a way of greening up operations, but it's still a struggle to establish a market for non-wood paper.
  • Beyond agricultural waste, hemp, kenaf and other well-known fibers, there are a host of other raw materials that show considerable promise as non-wood resources.
  • Both hemp and kenaf offer excellent possibilities for use as a virgin fiber replacement in newsprint, which tends to carry a high recycled content.


Late 19th century: from Persian, variant of kanab 'hemp'.

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Syllabification: ke·naf

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