abaca

UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations/ˈæbəkə/US:USA pronunciation: respellingUSA pronunciation: respelling(ab′ə kä, ä′bə-)



WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
a•ba•ca  (ab′ə kä, ä′bə-),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. Plant Biologya Philippine plant, Musa textilis.
  2. Textilesthe fiber of this plant, used in making rope, fabrics, etc.
  • Tagalog abaká
  • Spanish
  • 1810–20

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
abaca /ˈæbəkə/ n
  1. a Philippine plant, Musa textilis, related to the banana: family Musaceae. Its leafstalks are the source of Manila hemp
  2. another name for Manila hemp
Etymology: via Spanish from Tagalog abaká
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