Variant of sisal
- 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 (from Maya, literally , cold waters)
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