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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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Night and crepuscular mosquitoes and risk of vector-borne diseases in areas of piassaba extraction in the middle Negro River basin, state of Amazonas, Brazil.
Spatial distribution and environmental preferences of the piassaba palm Aphandra natalia (Arecaceae) along the Pastaza and Urituyacu rivers in Peru.
The piassaba palm: conservation and development in the buffer zone of Peru's Cordillera Azul National Park.
Historically, fibres of Leopoldinia piassaba were traded to Europe and were the economically most important source of palm fibres (Spruce, 1860).
Other examples of palms managed by mestizos are Astrocaryum standleyanum which is used for production of leaf fibers in Pacific Ecuador and Aphandra natalia which, in the Amazon of Ecuador, is managed for production of piassaba fibers from the leaf sheaths (Borgtoft Pedersen, 1992, 1994; Fadiman, 2003).
1995), and another understory palm, Leopoldinia piassaba, has high densities of seedlings, juveniles, and adults on gley and podzol soils in a floodplain forest, whereas only a few seedlings and small juveniles occur on a nearby hill (Lescure et al.