- a stiff, elastic fiber obtained from any of various palms and used in making brushes, brooms, etc.
- a palm yielding piassava; esp., any of several Brazilian palms (as Leopoldinia piassaba and Attalea funifera)
Origin of piassavaPortuguese piassaba from Tupí piaçába, a plant name
- Either of two South American palm trees, Attalea funifera or Leopoldinia piassaba, from which a strong coarse fiber is obtained.
- The fiber of either of these plants, formerly widely used for making ropes, brushes, and brooms.
Origin of piassavaPortuguese from Tupí pïa'sawa
- A fibrous product of two Brazilian palm trees (Attalea funifera and Leopoldinia piassaba), formerly used in making brooms and for other purposes.
- Either of these two trees.
Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster's Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.