piassava

piassava

[pee-uh-sah-vuh]
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] .


Origin:
1825–35; < Portuguese < Tupi piaçaba

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piassava or pias (ˌpiːəˈsɑːvə, ˌpiːəˈsɑːbə)
 
n
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
 
[C19: via Portuguese from Tupi piaçaba]
 
pias or pias
 
n
 
[C19: via Portuguese from Tupi piaçaba]

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