from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Articles made of the blades or fiber of the Lygeum Spartum and Stipa tenacissima (syn. Macrochloa tenacissima), kinds of grass used in Spain and other countries for making ropes, mats, baskets, nets, and mattresses.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In com., a collective name for articles manufactured from esparto and its fiber, as mats, nets, cordage, and ropes.
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