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a Philippine plant, Musa textilis. the fiber of this plant, used in making rope, fabrics, etc. Historical Examples The abaca fiber is not spun or wrung, but is jointed end to end. Scientific American Supplement, No. 717, September 28, 1889 Various Weavers of abaca left their looms and hung out of the windows to talk […]
noun another name for nomogram Historical Examples Besides the couches and the table, sideboards (abac) were the only articles of furniture usually found in the trclnium. The Private Life of the Romans Harold Whetstone Johnston Scotty pointed at drying racks on which Manila hemp fiber, product of the abac, was drying. The Pirates of Shan […]
a device for making arithmetic calculations, consisting of a frame set with rods on which balls or beads are moved. Architecture. a slab forming the top of the capital of a column. Historical Examples From these were derived the abaci of the Chinese and Russians. The Races of Man Joseph Deniker The little birds under […]
Architecture. a small abacus. a tessera.