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abaca

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Pronunciation: /ˈabəkə
 
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Definition of abaca in English:

noun

1A large herbaceous Asian plant of the banana family, yielding Manila hemp.
  • Musa textilis, family Musaceae
Example sentences
  • 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.
1.1 [mass noun] Manila hemp.
Example sentences
  • 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.

Origin

mid 18th century: via Spanish from Tagalog abaká.

Words that rhyme with abaca

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