[ih-spahr-toh] /ɪˈspɑr toʊ/

noun, plural espartos.
any of several grasses, especially Stipa tenacissima, of southern Europe and northern Africa, used for making paper, cordage, etc.
noun (pl) -tos
any of various grasses, esp Stipa tenacissima of S Europe and N Africa, that yield a fibre used to make ropes, mats, etc


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