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 (pē′ə-sä′və) also pi·as·sa·ba (-sä′bə)
1. Either of two South American palm trees, Attalea funifera or Leopoldinia piassaba, from which a strong coarse fiber is obtained.
2. The fiber of either of these plants, formerly widely used for making ropes, brushes, and brooms.

[Portuguese, from Tupí pïa'sawa.]


(ˌpiːəˈsɑːvə) or


1. (Plants) either of two South American palm trees, Attalea funifera or Leopoldinia piassaba
2. (Textiles) the coarse fibre obtained from either of these trees, used to make brushes and rope
[C19: via Portuguese from Tupi piaçaba]


(ˌpi əˈsɑ və)

also pi•as•sa•ba

(-ˈsɑ və, -bə)

n., pl. -vas also -bas.
1. a coarse, woody fiber obtained from either of two palms, Leopoldina piassaba or Attalea funifera, of South America: used in making brooms, mats, etc.
2. either of these trees.
[1825–35; < Portuguese < Tupi piaçaba]
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The use of piassava fibers (Attalea funifera) in the preparation of activated carbon", Bio.
Tucked away in a Protected Environmental Area (APA) of the Mata Atlantica rainforest surrounded by coves, white sand beaches and blue sea, the Txai Resort, at Itacarezinho beach in Itacare (Bahia), is made up of 40 bungalows built from local raw materials (such as the piassava palm and dende splints).
gasipaes and, to a lesser extent, Mauritia flexuosa from Peru (Rios, 2001; SUNAT, 2006); piassava fibers of Attalea funifera from Brazil (Voeks, 1988), and those of Leopoldinia piassaba from Colombia and Brazil (Centro de Comercio Internacional, 1969; Crizon, 2001; Linares et al.
2005) found that the flexural strength of piassava fiber-reinforced orthophtalic polyester composite (40% [wt/wt] fiber loading) was independent of a molding pressure below 9.