manilla (1)

variant of Manila used in derived names, especially manilla hemp (1814) "fibrous material obtained from the leaves of the abaca, a type of banana plant native to the Philippines, used to make ropes, mats, etc." It is the source of manilla paper (1832).

manilla (2)

also manilio, "metal (usually copper) ring or arm-bracelet sold or bartered by European traders among African peoples," 1550s, from Spanish manilla, from Latin monilia, plural of monile "collar, necklace," from PIE *mon- "neck, nape of the neck" (source also of mane). Influenced in Spanish by Spanish mano "hand."

updated on February 14, 2019