- a strong fiber, similar to the related henequen, obtained from the leaves of an agave (Agave sisalana) native to S Mexico and now cultivated throughout the tropics, used for making rope, sacking, insulation, etc.
- the plant yielding this fiber
Origin: after Sisal, Yucatán, a former seaport (< Maya, lit., cold waters)
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- A Mexican and Central American plant (Agave sisalana) widely cultivated for its large, sword-shaped leaves that yield stiff fibers used for cordage and rope.
- The fiber of this plant or of other members of the genus Agave.
Origin: American Spanish, after Sisal, a town of southeast Mexico in the Yucatán.