Abaca



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 with their neighbours about the great event.
A Woman’s Journey through the Philippines Florence Kimball Russel

Rice and abaca exported.The exports consist of rice and abaca.
The Former Philippines thru Foreign Eyes Toms de Comyn

I never saw the species there and took my one specimen in the abaca, where the bird was eating spiders, nectar, and pollen.
Birds from North Borneo Max C. Thompson

Carigara is open to coast trade, exports large quantities of hemp, raises much rice, and manufactures cotton and abaca fabrics.
Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 5, Slice 3 Various

This bird was fairly common at Quoin Hill in the abaca and wild bananas and, at Kalabakan, in primary forest.
Birds from North Borneo Max C. Thompson

Seated at her window she would hear a roaring tattoo in the grove of abaca palms to the south.
Caybigan James Hopper

Another use of mats is in the baling of two of the staple products of the Philippines, tobacco and abaca.
Philippine Mats Hugo H. Miller

abaca is much stronger than hemp and is used white and unpitched.
The Philippine Islands, 1493-1898: Volume XVIII, 1617-1620 Various

It is usually found growing in well drained soil under the shade of banana and abaca plants and areca palms.
Philippine Mats Hugo H. Miller

noun
a Philippine plant, Musa textilis, related to the banana: family Musaceae. Its leafstalks are the source of Manila hemp
another name for Manila hemp

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