One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A type of fine straw used to make hats.
1920s; earliest use found in The Times. Short for Paracalebuntal, Parañaquebuntal, Parangbuntal, or Parasanbuntal, weaves of buntal originating from Paracale, Parañaque, Parang, or Parasan, towns in Luzon and rural Southern Philippines where the straw is traditionally woven, after balibuntal.
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