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abaca

[ab-uh-kah, ah-buh-] /ˌæb əˈkɑ, ˌɑ bə-/
noun
1.
a Philippine plant, Musa textilis.
2.
the fiber of this plant, used in making rope, fabrics, etc.
Origin of abaca
1810-1820
1810-20; < Spanish < Tagalog abaká
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  • However, this has also been a period where tobacco and abaca production improved.
  • abaca fiber is the leading raw material for export-oriented handicrafts and is also an input to the pulp and paper industries.
British Dictionary definitions for abaca

abaca

/ˈæbəkə/
noun
1.
a Philippine plant, Musa textilis, related to the banana: family Musaceae. Its leafstalks are the source of Manila hemp
2.
another name for Manila hemp
Word Origin
via Spanish from Tagalog abaká
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