Manila hemp

Also found in: Thesaurus, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.

Manila hemp

See abaca.
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Manila hemp


Manilla hemp

(Plants) a fibre obtained from the plant abaca, used for rope, paper, etc
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014


(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]
Random House Kernerman Webster's College Dictionary, © 2010 K Dictionaries Ltd. Copyright 2005, 1997, 1991 by Random House, Inc. All rights reserved.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Manila hemp - a kind of hemp obtained from the abaca plant in the PhilippinesManila hemp - a kind of hemp obtained from the abaca plant in the Philippines
hemp - a plant fiber
2.Manila hemp - Philippine banana tree having leafstalks that yield Manila hemp used for rope and paper etcManila hemp - 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
Based on WordNet 3.0, Farlex clipart collection. © 2003-2012 Princeton University, Farlex Inc.
References in periodicals archive ?
The country is eyeing to increase its abaca shipments to India after the South Asian country lifted the import ban on Manila hemp after laboratory results showed that earlier exports were free of disease, Philippine Fiber Industry Development Authority (PhilFida) said.
According to an article on, on July 14, 1865, a seven-member team of climbers made the first ascentto the top of the Matterhorn using ropes woven out of our very own Manila hemp, more commonly known as abaca.
Paglicawan's research efforts to use Manila hemp or abaca in engineering materials led to her citation.
On display are the countries' agricultural staples (rice and other grains, bamboo, Manila hemp, spices), traditional kitchenwares (such as plates and coconut shell cups), festivals, farmers' hats, and games.
For instance, in some countries paper money is manufactured using paddy straw or abaca fibers also known as Manila hemp (fiber is extracted from the stalk of a tree-like herb which is of the same genus as the common banana).
* During World War II, "Manila hemp" imported from Japan was an important commodity for the U.S.
OPPOSITE: Clockwise from top, specially designed upholstery fabrics and silhouette lend a contemporary Asian air to the Sushi furniture collection by Dutch designer Edward van Vliet for Italian furniture trendsetter Moroso; hand-crafted in New York, the Hakama chair is upholstered in the same Nishijin silk used for traditional obis (, $32,000); hand-painted manila hemp wall covering, Chinois our Way, from Phillip Jeffries.
The wraps are made from natural fibres, particularly abaca or manila hemp, a tree-like plant indigenous to the Philippines of the same genus as the common banana.
Abaca, also known as Manila hemp is native to the Philippines where the plant is cultivated by some 90,000 farmers who are currently producing 80,000 tons of fiber each year.
The Manila Hemp, Musa textilis, a relative of the Banana plant, is widely used in ship's rigging and for sacking.
The raw sisal and Manila hemp fiber was delivered to the prison by rail in 400-pound bales.