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).
1The strong fiber of a Philippine plant, used for rope, matting, paper, etc.as modifier ‘Manila rope’See also abaca
- ‘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.’
- ‘Abaca is not a hemp but since hemp was the main source of fibres for centuries, the abaca fibre was named 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!’
- ‘Sansevieria or bow-string hemp has been tested in Florida as a possible substitute for 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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Later, the business world turned to Manila hemp, accelerated by the Japanese Industrial Revolution.’
- ‘Daimler-Chrysler plans to utilize locally available natural fibers such as Manila hemp
- ‘Sisal hemp is only slightly inferior in quality to Manila hemp.’
- 1.1 Strong brown paper, originally made from Manila hemp.
- ‘The assembly saw delegates housed in five-star hotels and carrying upmarket Bonia-brand bags, instead of the usual Manila paper envelopes.’
- ‘Give each student a sheet of the Manila paper and a piece of white chalk.’
- ‘Marie just rolled her eyes and turned her attention back to the piece of thick Manila paper the teacher was handing out.’
- ‘The bearded man left the room and returned a moment later carrying two thick Manila folders which he handed to Cain.’
- ‘‘Here are your transcripts of the plan,’ he said, handing the them a Manilla folder.’
2often as modifier A cigar or cheroot made in Manila.
Late 17th century (as an adjective meaning ‘from Manila’): from Manila.
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