Piassava

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Piassava A fibrous product of two Brazilian palm trees (Attalea funifera and Leopoldinia Piassaba), -- used in making brooms, and for other purposes. Called also piaçaba and piasaba.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n piassava A coarse fiber yielded by two palms, Attalea funifera and Leopoldinia Piassaba. In South America it is made into coarse but durable ropes; in Europe it is used chiefly for street-brooms. The product of the latter species is less valued, and forms but a small percentage of the commercial article. See Attalea, bast-palm, Leopoldinia, Para grass, and cut in next column.
    • n piassava Either of the above palms.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Piassava pi-as′a-va a coarse stiff fibre used for rope-making in Brazil
    • Piassava Also Piass′aba
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Pg. piasaba,

Usage

In literature:

The latter consisted chiefly of rubber, palm oil and kernels, coffee, piassava fiber, ivory, ginger, camwood, and arnotto.
"The Negro" by W.E.B. Du Bois
The exports also include hides, mangabeira rubber, piassava fibre, diamonds, cabinet woods and rum.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Part 1, Slice 2" by Various
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