Definition of toquilla in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌtōˈkēyə/

Entry from US English dictionary


1A palmlike tree, Carludovica palmata, native to South America.
1.1The fiber obtained from the toquilla, used especially to make hats.
Example sentences
  • But do not mistake any straw hat for a panama hat: only genuine panama hats are handcrafted and made from toquilla straw, ensuring the highest quality and a modern look.
  • As aforementioned, genuine panama hats are made of toquilla straw, and the Ecuadorian weaving process is extremely laborious.
  • He has been harvesting toquilla straw for most of his fifty years, traveling ten miles inland with other straw cutters to areas where the plant grows, including hillsides where each family has been assigned a lot.


Late 19th century: from an American Spanish use of Spanish toquilla 'small gauze headdress', diminutive of toca 'toque'.

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Syllabification: to·qui·lla

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