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or esparto grass

[ih-spahr-toh] /ɪˈspɑr toʊ/
noun, plural espartos.
any of several grasses, especially Stipa tenacissima, of southern Europe and northern Africa, used for making paper, cordage, etc.
Origin of esparto
1585-95; < Spanish < Latin spartum < Greek spárton rope made of spártos kind of rush Unabridged
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noun (pl) -tos
any of various grasses, esp Stipa tenacissima of S Europe and N Africa, that yield a fibre used to make ropes, mats, etc
Word Origin
C18: from Spanish, via Latin from Greek sparton rope made of rushes, from spartos a kind of rush
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