Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A Mexican and Central American plant (Agave sisalana) widely cultivated for its large, sword-shaped leaves that yield stiff fibers used for cordage and rope.
  • n. The fiber of this plant or of other members of the genus Agave.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A Central American plant, of the genus Agave, cultivated for its sword-shaped leaves that yield fibers used for rope.
  • n. The fibre of the plant.
  • n. A sisal mat.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Same as Sisal hemp.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. Mexican or West Indian plant with large fleshy leaves yielding a stiff fiber used in e.g. rope
  • n. a plant fiber used for making rope

Etymologies

American Spanish, after Sisal, a town of southeast Mexico in the Yucatán.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Named after Sisal, Yucatán. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Once dry, the "sisal" is sent to a baling plant for preparation for shipment to plants that make rope, shopping bags and other assorted product.

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  • The fibre of the agave, known as sisal hemp, is used in the manufacture of rope, twine, mats, brushes, etc.

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  • For the ceiling color, go for a very-warm wheat yellow, and for carpeting, my choice would be a Swedish woven area rug recalling the sisal style but made of wool, linen, cotton or even silk.

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  • The bushland and wetland areas are also converted to farmlands and plantations of species such as sisal and various tree crops.

    Northern Zanzibar-Inhambane coastal forest mosaic

  • This is "sisal," the shrub that could save the forests of The Gambia!

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  • In the absence of asbestos, other fibres such as sisal, coir

    4. Innovative technologies related to recycling of materials

  • Coconut husk fibre, stem fibre as for example jute or leaf fibre such as sisal are the most common examples which have been used so far.

    2. Raw materials

  • The purpose of the reinforcement is to prevent breakage during transport of the elements, so that if they are not to be taken long distances the chicken wire can be replaced with cheaper alternatives such as sisal or coconut fibre.

    2. Drainage options

  • · Natural fibres (such as sisal, hemp, elephant grass, coir) as reinforcements in soil constructions or fibre concrete and other composite elements (eg fibre boards).

    Chapter 4

  • · Fibre: (0.1 kg per sheet) mainly natural, such as sisal, jute, coir, or banana fibre, but also synthetic fibres, eg polypropelene or glass fibre, can be used.

    Chapter 10

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  • And hanging by a sisal twist over the darkling void lit by an electric blue flash, like mending the tram lines, you know that flash? - that's where the souls of smarties go...

    - Stevie Smith, Novel on Yellow Paper

    February 22, 2009