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pi·as·sa·va

 (pē′ə-sä′və) also pi·as·sa·ba (-sä′bə)
n.
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.]

piassava

(ˌpiːəˈsɑːvə) or

piassaba

n
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]

pi•as•sa•va

(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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