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- n. Tropical plant native to the Philippines grown for its textile and papermaking fibre (Musa textilis) also called Manila hemp.
- n. The fiber/fibre of this plant.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. See abaca.
The bow was a piece of bent bamboo with shredded abaka for the bow-strings.
Jusa (hoó-sa) cloth is made from jusi fibre; piña (peen-yah) from pineapple fibre; cinemi is a mixture of the two; abaka (a-ba-ka) from hemp fibre; algodon from the native cotton; sada is silk; sabana is
There were fish nets of abaka differing in mesh to suit the various kinds of fish.
The abaka-cloth of this island is the finest made, and its pearl fisheries are valuable.
The carriage continued on its way, meeting now and then carromatas drawn by one or two ponies whose abaka harness indicated that they were from the country.
Glossary abá: A Tagalog exclamation of wonder, surprise, etc., often used to introduce or emphasize a contradictory statement. abaka: "Manila hemp," the fiber of a plant of the banana family. achara: Pickles made from the tender shoots of bamboo, green papayas, etc.
"soap-vine." guingón: Dungaree, a coarse blue cotton cloth. hermano mayor: The manager of a fiesta. husi: A fine cloth made of silk interwoven with cotton, abaka, or pineapple-leaf fibers. ilang-ilang: The Malay "flower of flowers," from which the well-known essence is obtained.