from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A bananalike plant (Musa textilis) native to the Philippines and having broad leaves with long stalks.
- n. The fibers obtained from the stalks of this plant, used to make cordage, fabric, and paper. Also called manila, Manila hemp.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The Manila-hemp plant (Musa textilis); also, its fiber. See Manila hemp under manila.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The native Philippine name of the plant Musa textilis, which yields manila hemp. Also spelled abaka.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a kind of hemp obtained from the abaca plant in the Philippines
- n. Philippine banana tree having leafstalks that yield Manila hemp used for rope and paper etc
Spanish abacá, from Tagalog abaka.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Spanish abacá, from Tagalog abaká (native name for the plant). (Wiktionary)