The Collaborative International Dictionary
Piassava \Pi*as"sa*va\, n. [Pg. piasaba.] A fibrous product of two Brazilian palm trees ( Attalea funifera and Leopoldinia Piassaba), -- used in making brooms, and for other purposes. Called also pia[,c]aba and piasaba.
n. 1 A fibrous product of two Brazilian palm trees ((taxlink Attalea funifera species noshow=1) and (taxlink Leopoldinia piassaba species noshow=1)), formerly used in making brooms and for other purposes. 2 Either of these two trees.
Piassava, which is also called piaçaba, piasaba, pissaba, piassaba, and piaçá, is a fibrous product of two Brazilian palms: Attalea funifera and Leopoldinia piassaba. It is often used in making brooms, and for other purposes.