I. nounEtymology: Spanish & Portuguese Date: 1698 1. any of several fiber-yielding plants (as an agave) 2. the fiber of a pita; also any of several fibers from other sources II. nounEtymology: Modern Greek Date: 1945 a thin flat bread that can be separated easily into two layers to form a pocket — called also pita bread
Ixtle Ix"tle, Ixtli Ix"tli([i^]x"tl[-e]), n. (Bot.) A Mexican name for a variety of Agave rigida, which furnishes a strong coarse fiber; also, the fiber itself, which is called also pita, and Tampico fiber. [Written also istle.]
Pita Pi"ta, n. [Sp.] (Bot.) (a) A fiber obtained from the Agave Americana and other related species, -- used for making cordage and paper. Called also pita fiber, and pita thread. (b) The plant which yields the fiber.