One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The capital and chief port of the Philippines, on the island of Luzon; population 1,660,700 (est. 2007).
1mass noun The strong fibre of a Philippine plant, used for rope, matting, paper, etc.
The plant is Musa textilis, family Musaceae
- ‘Later, the business world turned to Manila hemp, accelerated by the Japanese Industrial Revolution.’
- ‘Abaca, another member of the ‘hard’ fibre group is the Spanish name for what is more widely called Manila hemp, and is indigenous to the Philippines.’
- ‘Manila paper is made chiefly from old Manila hemp ropes and is valuable as a strong wrapping paper.’
- ‘Therefore, we arrived at a feasible product through mixing the silk fiber with the Manila hemp fiber.’
- ‘Daimler-Chrysler plans to utilize locally available natural fibers such as Manila hemp
- ‘This is not the case certainly with the fine ropes of Manilla hemp, which, though stronger than the best Russian hemp, are almost useless when worn out.’
- ‘Abaca is not a hemp but since hemp was the main source of fibres for centuries, the abaca fibre was named Manila hemp.’
- ‘Sisal hemp is only slightly inferior in quality to Manila hemp.’
- ‘Sansevieria or bow-string hemp has been tested in Florida as a possible substitute for Manila hemp.’
- ‘And yet the introduction on a large scale of Manila hemp into the European markets in place of Russian hemp would have more than a commercial and industrial importance!’
- 1.1 Strong brown paper, originally made from Manila hemp.as modifier ‘he took a brown manila folder from a drawer’
- ‘The assembly saw delegates housed in five-star hotels and carrying upmarket Bonia-brand bags, instead of the usual Manila paper envelopes.’
- ‘‘Here are your transcripts of the plan,’ he said, handing the them a Manilla folder.’
- ‘Give each student a sheet of the Manila paper and a piece of white chalk.’
- ‘The bearded man left the room and returned a moment later carrying two thick Manila folders which he handed to Cain.’
- ‘Marie just rolled her eyes and turned her attention back to the piece of thick Manila paper the teacher was handing out.’
2A cigar or cheroot made in Manila.as modifier ‘her favourite Manila stogies’
Late 17th century (as an adjective meaning ‘from Manila’): from Manila.
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