from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A tough, wiry grass (Stipa tenacissima) of northern Africa, yielding a fiber used in making paper and as cordage.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A perennial North African grass, Stipa tenacissima, used for fibre production, and for making paper.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A species of Spanish grass (Macrochloa tenacissima), of which cordage, shoes, baskets, etc., are made. It is also used for making paper.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. 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.
Spanish, from Latin spartum, from Greek sparton, rope.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Spanish esparto, via Latin spartum from Ancient Greek σπάρτον (spárton, "rope, cable"). (Wiktionary)