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esparto definitions

Merriam Webster's

noun (plural -tos) Etymology: Spanish, from Latin spartum, from Greek sparton more at spire Date: 1845 1. either of two Spanish and Algerian grasses (Stipa tenacissima and Lygeum spartum) used especially to make cordage, shoes, and paper called also esparto grass 2. the fiber of esparto

Britannica Concise

Either of two species of gray-green needlegrasses (Stipa tenacissima and Lygeum spartum), native to S Spain and N Africa, or the fiber produced by esparto.L. spartum grows in rocky soil on the high plains. S. tenacissima flourishes in sandy, iron-rich soils in dry, sunny locations on the seacoast. Esparto fiber has great strength and flexibility; it is used for making ropes, sandals, baskets, mats, and other durable articles. Esparto leaves are used in the manufacture of paper.

Oxford Reference Dictionary

n. (pl. -os) (in full esparto grass) a coarse grass, Stipa tenacissima, native to Spain and N. Africa, with tough narrow leaves, used to make ropes, wickerwork, and good-quality paper. Etymology: Sp. f. L spartum f. Gk sparton rope

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Esparto Es*par"to, n. [Sp.; cf. L. spartum Spanish broom, Gr. ?.] (Bot.) A species of Spanish grass (Macrochloa tenacissima), of which cordage, shoes, baskets, etc., are made. It is also used for making paper.




 


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