Definition of sisal in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈsʌɪs(ə)l


[mass noun]
  • 1A Mexican agave with large fleshy leaves, cultivated for fibre production.
    • Agave sisalana, family Agavaceae
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    • Other products used are sisal and ficus leaves, as well as discarded cotton, usually from worn cotton sheets from hospitals.
    • Some commercial agricultural products, such as sisal, coffee, and cotton, are sold.
    • Commercial farming of cotton, pineapples, and sisal has had little success.
  • 1.1The fibre made from the sisal plant, used especially for ropes or matting.
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    • He had noticed that the thick sisal rope had been cut halfway through with a sharp instrument, probably a knife.
    • American companies little by little took control of the Mexican supply, making sisal twine cheaper and more reliable than it had been.
    • Products made out of biodegradable materials like sisal and areca spathes were also on show at the Town Hall.


mid 19th century: from Sisal, the name of a port in Yucatán, Mexico.

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