Definition of kenaf in English:

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Pronunciation: /kəˈnaf/


[mass noun]
A brown plant fibre similar to jute, used to make 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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