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n. pl. es·par·tos
Either of two tough, wiry grasses (Stipa tenacissima or Lygeum spartum) of northern Africa and southern Europe, yielding fiber used in making paper and as cordage.

[Spanish, from Latin spartum, from Greek sparton, rope.]


(ɛˈspɑːtəʊ) or

esparto grass

n, pl -tos
(Plants) any of various grasses, esp Stipa tenacissima of S Europe and N Africa, that yield a fibre used to make ropes, mats, etc. Also called: halfa
[C18: from Spanish, via Latin from Greek sparton rope made of rushes, from spartos a kind of rush]


(ɪˈspɑr toʊ)

n., pl. -tos.
any of several grasses, esp. Stipa tenacissima, of S Europe and N Africa, used for making paper, cordage, etc.
Also called espar′to grass`.
[1585–95; < Sp < Latin spartum < Greek spárton rope made of spártos kind of rush]


[eˈspɑːtəʊ] Nesparto m
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Traditionally made with unpasteurised ewe's milk, the artisan cheeses have a ridged rind made from esparto grass.
The use of wood and non-wood forest products such as cork for long-term carbon storage, and reinforce the investment potential of smallholders working in forest-based industries, such as pine nuts, esparto grass, mushrooms and honey.
8,435,546 B2; Beiersdorf AG, Hamburg, has patented a cosmetic, dermatological or pharmaceutical preparation that is comprised of (a) one or more lipids, which comprise at least one lipid selected from mineral oils, cetearyl isononanoate, caprylic/capric triglycerides, ethylhexyl cocoate, octyldodecanol, cyclic silicone oils, and linear silicone oils: (b) one or more waxes comprising at least one wax selected from beeswax and other insect waxes, paraffin waxes, synthetic waxes, chemically-modified natural waxes, triglyceride waxes, fatty acids, fatty alcohols, candelilla waxes, carnauba waxes, Japan wax, esparto grass wax, cork wax, rice wax, sugar cane wax, flower waxes, leaf waxes from conifers, coffee wax, flax wax, and sesame wax; and (c) one or more gases.
6 pounds) in weight and are marked with a distinctive zigzag pattern around the sides that emulates the traditional esparto grass molds once used to make Manchego, and a wheat ear imprint on its top and bottom.
The paste is then scooped into round esparto grass baskets, which are stacked in a pile ready for the next stage
The exploitation of esparto grass was abandoned many years ago in Libya and Morocco and is dying out in Algeria and Tunisia.
In particular they failed in their attempt to substitute esparto grass for rag before adopting wood as the basic raw material for the industry.
These include a collapsible salt-bag, a bottle with its neck in the middle, a rice-sifter, a stanchion to prop up other stanchions, a suet-container, a foghorn-key, a leather grape, a new method of stencilling on ivory, basalt cubes for roofing swimming-baths, a fox-trap, a dummy jellyfish, waterproof onions, false teeth for swordfish, a method of freezing meat-skewers, a hand-woven esparto grass egg-cosy which plays 'Thora' when released from the egg, a glass stilt, a revolving wheelbarrow, an iron thumb for postmen .
The Saltgrass in Hanover Place, which may have got its name from a nearby mill which used esparto grass to make paper.