Abaca definitions

ăb'ə-kä', ä'bə-
A bananalike plant (Musa textilis) native to the Philippines and having broad leaves with long stalks.
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The fibers obtained from the stalks of this plant, used to make cordage, fabric, and paper.
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Musa textilis, a species of banana tree native to the Philippines grown for its textile and papermaking fibre. [First attested in the mid 18th century.]
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(uncountable) The fiber of this plant, used in rope. [First attested in the mid 18th century.]
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Origin of abaca

From Spanish abacá, from the native Tagalog name for the plant, abaká.