• Esparto
  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Esparto (Bot) A species of Spanish grass (Macrochloa tenacissima), of which cordage, shoes, baskets, etc., are made. It is also used for making paper.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n esparto A name given to two or three species of grass, the Macrochloa (Stipa) tenacissima, M. arenaria, and Lygeum Spartum of botanists, and especially to the first, which is abundant in northern Africa. The others are found in Spain and Portugal, and elsewhere in southern Europe. From esparto are manufactured printing-paper, cordage, shoes, matting, baskets, nets, mattresses, sacks, etc.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Esparto es-par′tō a strong kind of grass found in the south of Europe, esp. in Spain, used for making baskets, cordage, paper, &c.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Sp.; cf. L. spartum, Spanish broom, Gr.
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Sp.,—L. spartum—Gr. sparton, a kind of rope.


In literature:

The strips of esparto-grass with which the doors were closed, beat against the walls.
"Salammbo" by Gustave Flaubert
His legs were kept wide apart by ample saddle-bags of esparto cloth, swelled out with cedrats and water-melons.
"Tartarin of Tarascon" by Alphonse Daudet
Why, I would not use esparto for my bed,(1) even though I had nothing but bands of rushes.
"The Birds" by Aristophanes
ALFA, an esparto grass valuable for making paper.
"The Nuttall Encyclopaedia" by Edited by Rev. James Wood
Esparto, a Spanish grass grown in South Africa, has entered largely into the making of print-paper in England.
"A Book of Exposition" by Homer Heath Nugent
Another important export is ESPARTO GRASS, which is sent to England to be used in paper-making.
"Up To Date Business" by Various
Esparto grass, called "alfa" or "halfa" by the Arabs, is another unique product of the Sahara.
"Wealth of the World's Waste Places and Oceania" by Jewett Castello Gilson
The decline of the esparto grass industry led to no little unrest among some of the native tribes of northern Africa.
"Commercial Geography" by Jacques W. Redway
Beyond them the stable was occupied by a party of swarthy ruffians who had arrived with a cargo of esparto grass.
"Old Junk" by H. M. Tomlinson
Esparto fibre is used in Spain and Algeria for rude fruit baskets.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Part 1, Slice 3" by Various

In news:

Clear Lake registered its first victory of the season with a 49-8 spanking of Esparto in the seventh-place game of the Colusa Tournament on Saturday in Colusa.
Bulldogs romp Esparto, cruise to tourney final.
Los Molinos High s AJ Long, middle, dishes the ball to Jordan Gumm (44) in the Bulldogs 58-38 routing of Esparto on Friday.
Los Molinos 58, Esparto 38.
The esparto-pickers of Tripoli .