Pronunciation: (pē"u-sä'vu), [key]
1. Also called monkey grass. a coarse, woody fiber obtained from either of two palms, Leopoldina piassaba or Attalea funifera, of South America, used in making brooms, mats, etc.
2. either of these trees. Also,pi•as•sa•baPronunciation: (pē"u-sä'vu, -bu). [key]
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