Noun Esparto Definition and Examples


Noun:

Esparto

Pronunciation:

/ɛˈspɑːtəʊ//ɛˈspɑːtəʊ/

Definition:
1.

noun

A coarse grass with tough narrow leaves, native to Spain and North Africa. It is used to make ropes, wickerwork, and good-quality paper.
  1. 'The Canary Islands' production of tobacco and bananas is important, as is that of esparto grass on the eastern meseta for the manufacture of traditional footgear and other items.'
((n.) A species of Spanish grass (Macrochloa tenacissima), of which cordage, shoes, baskets, etc., are made. It is also used for making paper.)


noun, plural espartos.

1. any of several grasses, especially Stipa tenacissima, of southern Europe and northern Africa, used for making paper, cordage, etc.

Origin:
Mid 19th century: from Spanish, via Latin from Greek sparton ‘rope’.

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