- 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 of sisalafter Sisal, Yucatán, a former seaport ( from Maya, literally , cold waters)
Also sisal hemp
- A cultivated agave (Agave sisalana) originally of Mexico and Central America, widely grown for its large, sword-shaped leaves that yield stiff fibers used for cordage and rope.
- The fiber of this plant or of other agaves.
Origin of sisalAmerican Spanish after Sisal , a town of southeast Mexico in the Yucatán
Named after Sisal, YucatÃ¡n.