Etymology
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sisal (n.)

1883, short for Sisal hemp or grass (1843), from Sisal, port in Yucatan, from which the rope-making fiber was exported.

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Definitions of sisal

sisal (n.)
a plant fiber used for making rope;
Synonyms: sisal hemp
sisal (n.)
Mexican or West Indian plant with large fleshy leaves yielding a stiff fiber used in e.g. rope;
Synonyms: Agave sisalana
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