• WordNet 3.6
    • n abaca Philippine banana tree having leafstalks that yield Manila hemp used for rope and paper etc
    • n abaca a kind of hemp obtained from the abaca plant in the Philippines
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Abaca ăb"ȧ*kȧ The Manila-hemp plant (Musa textilis); also, its fiber. See Manila hemp under Manila.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n abaca The native Philippine name of the plant Musa textilis, which yields manila hemp. Also spelled abaka.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Abaca ab′a-ka the native name of the so-called Manilla hemp of commerce—really a plantain, much grown in the Philippine Islands.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
The native name


In literature:

In Capiz, it is true, some abaca may be noticed growing, but it is of trifling value.
"The Former Philippines thru Foreign Eyes" by Tomás de Comyn
Abaca is much stronger than hemp and is used white and unpitched.
"The Philippine Islands, 1493-1898: Volume XVIII, 1617-1620" by Various
A rude neck with pegs is fastened to one end and three abaca strings of different sizes are attached.
"Negritos of Zambales" by William Allan Reed
We were shown a species of banana, called abaca, the finer filaments of which, mixed with silk, are manufactured into native cloth.
"In the Eastern Seas" by W.H.G. Kingston
Sometimes we mix silk or cotton with the abaca hemp.
"Fil and Filippa" by John Stuart Thomson
The command car whisked by an abaca plantation, with mile after mile of lush green bananalike abaca plants extending into the foothills.
"The Pirates of Shan" by Harold Leland Goodwin
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" by Various
Warrant, stray, award, purchase, abaca, doubt, father, wonted, pathway.
"Harper's Round Table, September 10, 1895" by Various
Seated at her window she would hear a roaring tattoo in the grove of abaca palms to the south.
"Caybigan" by James Hopper
He wrote a report, but I have never heard that any abaca was produced.
"The Inhabitants of the Philippines" by Frederic H. Sawyer
The soil in its vicinity is rich, producing rice, Indian corn, sugar, pepper, cacao, cotton, abaca, tobacco and copra.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 14, Slice 7" by Various
The women weave and sell beautiful fabrics of pina, silk, cotton and abaca.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 15, Slice 2" by Various

In news:

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Olivier Douliery / Abaca Press.
Olivier Douliery Abaca Press Protesters march through the streets of Charlotte, N.C. On Sunday before the start of the Democratic National Convention.
Laguna Parquet handwoven abaca-fiber rugs in MPS Aiden, Laguna Octagon, Laguna Basketweave, and Grand Parquet by Patterson, Flynn & Martin, 800-833-0667.
"Red Tube + Two," 2005 Pigmented abaca base sheet with pulp painting and archival inkjet print, 11 X 14 inches Courtesy the artist and Dieu Donné Papermill, New York.
Wovens such as abaca bark and sea grass are also being used in home furnishings.