Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The commercial name of the fiber obtained from the leaves of the dwarf fan-palm of southern Europe and northern Africa, Chamærops humilis. It is usually twisted, curled, and dyed to resemble curled horsehair, and is extensively used as a substitute for the latter in upholstery. See
hemppalm, and vegetable horsehair, under vegetable. Hannan, Textile Fibres of Com., p. 160.
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