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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [ab-uh-kah, ah-buh-]
    • /ˌæb əˈkɑ, ˌɑ bə-/
    • /ˈæ.bək.ə/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [ab-uh-kah, ah-buh-]
    • /ˌæb əˈkɑ, ˌɑ bə-/

Definitions of abaca word

  • noun abaca a Philippine plant, Musa textilis, related to the banana: family Musaceae. Its leafstalks are the source of Manila hemp 3
  • noun abaca a Philippine plant, Musa textilis. 1
  • noun abaca the fiber of this plant, used in making rope, fabrics, etc. 1
  • noun abaca A large herbaceous Philippine plant of the banana family that yields Manila hemp. 1
  • noun abaca Musa textilis, a species of banana tree native to the Philippines grown for its textile and papermaking fibre. 0
  • noun abaca (Uncountable Noun) The fiber of this plant, used in rope. 0

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Origin of abaca

First appearance:

before 1810
One of the 40% newest English words
1810-20; < Spanish < Tagalog abaká

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Parts of speech for Abaca


abaca popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 86% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
This word is included in each student's vocabulary. Most likely there is at least one movie with this word in the title.

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Synonyms for abaca

noun abaca

  • fiber — a fine, threadlike piece, as of cotton, jute, or asbestos.
  • marijuana — hemp (def 1).
  • cannabis — Cannabis is the hemp plant when it is used as a drug.
  • hashish — the flowering tops and leaves of Indian hemp smoked, chewed, or drunk as a narcotic and intoxicant.
  • bang — If something bangs, it makes a sudden loud noise, once or several times.

Top questions with abaca

  • how to plant abaca?
  • what is abaca?
  • how to make abaca bags?

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