pi·as·sa·va (pē′ə-sävə) also pi·as·sa·ba (-säbə)
1. Either of two South American palm trees, Attalea funifera or Leopoldinia piassaba, from which a strong coarse fiber is obtained.
2. The fiber of either of these plants, formerly widely used for making ropes, brushes, and brooms.
[Portuguese, from Tupí pïa'sawa.]
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