pita fiber
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. [1913 Webster] [1913 Webster]

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  • 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. [1913 Webster] [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • pita thread — 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. [1913 Webster] [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • pita — (Sp. model spelled same [píta], of uncertain origin, probably from the Caribbean)    1) Clark: 1760s. A fiber obtained from the agave or maguey plant or from another similar plant.    2) A bag, box, rope, or net made from pita fiber. The DRAE… …   Vocabulario Vaquero

  • pita — pita1 [pēt′ə] n. [AmSp < Taino, thread from agave fibers] 1. any of various agave plants yielding a fiber used in paper, etc. 2. the fiber pita2 [pēt′ə] n. [ModHeb pita (< SE Judezmo) or ModGr pitta (see PIZZA)] …   English World dictionary

  • pita — I. noun Etymology: 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. noun Etymology: Modern Greek Date: 1945 a thin flat bread that can… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • pita — Ixtle Ix tle, Ixtli Ix tli([i^]x tl[ e]), n. 1. (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}.] [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • pita — pita1 /pee teuh/, n. 1. a fiber obtained from plants of the genera Agave, Aechmea, etc., used for cordage, mats, etc. 2. any of these plants. [1690 1700; < AmerSp < Quechua pita or Aymara p ita] pita2 /pee tah, teuh/, n. a round, fl …   Universalium

  • pita — I pi•ta [[t]ˈpi tə[/t]] n. pl. tas 1) tex a fiber obtained from plants of the genera Agave, Aechmea, etc., used for cordage, mats, etc 2) pln any of these plants • Etymology: 1690–1700; < AmerSp < Quechua pita or Aymara p ita II pi•ta… …   From formal English to slang

  • Tampico fiber — Ixtle Ix tle, Ixtli Ix tli([i^]x tl[ e]), n. 1. (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}.] [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Agave Americana — 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. [1913 Webster] [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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