Definition of abaca in English:


Syllabification: a·ba·ca
Pronunciation: /ˌabəˈkä


  • 1A large herbaceous Philippine plant of the banana family that yields Manila hemp.
    • Musa textilis, family Musaceae
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    • The abaca plant, a type of banana, grows in the Philippines.
    • The principal cash crops are coconuts, bananas, pineapples, sugar, tobacco, and abaca.
    • Important export crops are abaca, copra (dried coconut meat), pineapple, sugar, and tobacco.
  • 1.1Manila hemp.
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    • The shade papers are made from silk, banana, Kozo, mulberry, mango and abaca fibres.
    • The Japanese defence ministry commandeered the country's supply of abaca (hemp).
    • These Seattle sisters design placemats and table runners out of abaca fiber.


mid 18th century: via Spanish from Tagalog abaká.

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