(also esparto grass)
noun (plural espartos)
A coarse grass with tough narrow leaves, native to Spain and North Africa. It is used to make ropes, wickerwork, and high-quality paper.
- Stipa tenacissima, family Gramineae
More example sentences
- The Canary Islands' production of tobacco and bananas is important, as is that of esparto grass on the eastern meseta for the manufacture of traditional footgear and other items.
- Mostly desert, with only 2 percent of its territory arable, Libya's major exports were esparto grass and scrap iron from its World War II battlefields.
- The pasture field was overgrown with an abundance of esparto grass, but the area where the carcass was found was clean and scorched.
mid 19th century: from Spanish, via Latin from Greek sparton 'rope'.