esparto-grass

esparto

[ih-spahr-toh]
noun, plural espartos.
any of several grasses, especially Stipa tenacissima, of southern Europe and northern Africa, used for making paper, cordage, etc.
Also, esparto grass.


Origin:
1585–95; < Spanish < Latin spartum < Greek spárton rope made of spártos kind of rush

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esparto or esparto grass (ɛˈspɑːtəʊ)
 
n , 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
 
[C18: from Spanish, via Latin from Greek sparton rope made of rushes, from spartos a kind of rush]
 
esparto grass or esparto grass
 
n
 
[C18: from Spanish, via Latin from Greek sparton rope made of rushes, from spartos a kind of rush]

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