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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]
References in periodicals archive ?
Boer, Copernicia tectorum Kunth y Leopoldinia piassaba Wallace (Lescure et al., 1992; Crizon et al., 2001; Bernal et al., 2010; Brokamp et al., 2011; Garcia et al., 2011, 2013, 2015; Olivares & Galeano, 2013; Torres et al., 2016).
In general, the studies have used fibers from the bark of pinus, eucalyptus, coconut, sisal, piassaba, banana leaves and woods (Lima et al., 2015; Ferraz, et al., 2012; Lima et al., 2014; Silva et al., 2013; Savastano Junior & Pimentel, 2000; Semple et al.; 2000; Okino et al., 2004).
Asteranthus brasiliensis, Glandonia williamsii, Henriquezia nitida, Leopoldinia piassaba, Mauritia carana, Ocotea esmeraldana and Vitex calothyrsa are just a few examples of the many species that exclusively inhabit igapo forests (Junk & Piedade, 2011).
Other vegetal non-timber extractive products, including heart of palms (many species), jaborandi (Pilocarpus jaborandi) leaf, carnauba (Copernicia prunifera) wax, buriti (Mauritia flexuosa) fiber, babassu (Attalea ssp.) and cumaru (Dipterix odorata) nuts, copaiba (Copaifera landesdorffi) oil and piacava (Leopoldinia piassaba) fiber, among others, accounted for 47.6% of the value of all the production of vegetal extractive products in 2005.
Aphandra Natalia (Arecaceae)--a little known source of piassaba fibers from the western Amazon.
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.
Bactris gasipaes, Euterpe precatoria, Jessenia bataua, Leopoldinia piassaba, Mauritia flexuosa, Scheelea attaleoides.
4 7 Mauritia carana Wallace 4 12 Leopoldinia piassaba Wallace 4 7 Attalea insignis (Mart.) Drude 4 7 Bactris brongniartii Mart.
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.