Definition of kenaf in English:



mass noun
  • A brown plant fibre similar to jute, used to make ropes and coarse cloth.

    • ‘In Japan, commercial products made from kenaf include hamburger wrappers, fast-food containers, and wallpaper.’
    • ‘Beyond agricultural waste, hemp, kenaf and other well-known fibers, there are a host of other raw materials that show considerable promise as non-wood resources.’
    • ‘Many large companies are using kenaf and kenaf / wood blends for annual reports as a way of greening up operations, but it's still a struggle to establish a market for non-wood paper.’
    • ‘TCF paper can have no recycled content, and so is made from 100 percent virgin fibers, which can include both wood as well as other fibers such as kenaf and hemp.’
    • ‘Both hemp and kenaf offer excellent possibilities for use as a virgin fiber replacement in newsprint, which tends to carry a high recycled content.’


Late 19th century: from Persian, variant of kanab ‘hemp’.