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piassava

[pee-uh-sah-vuh] /ˌpi əˈsɑ və/
noun
1.
Also called monkey grass. a coarse, woody fiber obtained from either of two palms, Leopoldina piassaba or Attalea funifera, of South America, used in making brooms, mats, etc.
2.
either of these trees.
Also, piassaba
[pee-uh-sah-vuh, -buh] /ˌpi əˈsɑ və, -bə/ (Show IPA)
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Origin
1825-1835
1825-35; < Portuguese < Tupi piaçaba
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piassava

/ˌpiːəˈsɑːvə/
noun
1.
either of two South American palm trees, Attalea funifera or Leopoldinia piassaba
2.
the coarse fibre obtained from either of these trees, used to make brushes and rope
Word Origin
C19: via Portuguese from Tupi piaçaba
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