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ab·a·ca

also ab·a·cá  (ăb′ə-kä′, ä′bə-)
n.
1. A bananalike plant (Musa textilis) native to the Philippines and having broad leaves with long stalks.
2. The fibers obtained from the stalks of this plant, used to make cordage, fabric, and paper. Also called manila, Manila hemp.

[Spanish abacá, from Tagalog abaka.]

abaca

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abaka

n
1. (Plants) a Philippine plant, Musa textilis, related to the banana: family Musaceae. Its leafstalks are the source of Manila hemp
2. (Plants) another name for Manila hemp
[via Spanish from Tagalog abaká]

a•ba•ca

(ˌæb əˈkɑ, ˌɑ bə-)

n., pl. -cas.
1. a Philippine plant, Musa textilis, of the banana family.
2. Also called Manila hemp. Its fiber is used for rope, fabrics, etc.
[1810–20; < Sp < Tagalog abaká]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.abaca - a kind of hemp obtained from the abaca plant in the Philippinesabaca - a kind of hemp obtained from the abaca plant in the Philippines
hemp - a plant fiber
2.abaca - Philippine banana tree having leafstalks that yield Manila hemp used for rope and paper etcabaca - Philippine banana tree having leafstalks that yield Manila hemp used for rope and paper etc
banana, banana tree - any of several tropical and subtropical treelike herbs of the genus Musa having a terminal crown of large entire leaves and usually bearing hanging clusters of elongated fruits
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