sisal-hemp

sisal

[sahy-suhl, sis-uhl]
noun
1.
Also called sisal hemp. a fiber yielded by an agave, Agave sisalana, of Yucatán, used for making rope, rugs, etc.
2.
the plant itself.

Origin:
1835–45; short for Sisal grass or hemp, named after Sisal, port in Yucatán

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sisal (ˈsaɪsəl)
 
n
1.  a Mexican agave plant, Agave sisalana, cultivated for its large fleshy leaves, which yield a stiff fibre used for making rope
2.  the fibre of this plant
3.  any of the fibres of certain similar or related plants
 
[C19: from Mexican Spanish, named after Sisal, a port in Yucatán, Mexico]

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sisal
1843, from Sisal, port in Yucatan, from which the rope-making fiber was exported.
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