Abaca definition

ăbə-kä, äbə-
The fibers obtained from the stalks of this plant, used to make cordage, fabric, and paper.
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A bananalike plant (Musa textilis) native to the Philippines and having broad leaves with long stalks.
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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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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
abaca
Plural:
abacas

Origin of abaca

  • Spanish abacá from Tagalog abaka

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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

    From Wiktionary