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1. a Mexican agave plant, Agave sisalana, cultivated for its large fleshy leaves, which yield a stiff fibre used for making rope
2. the fibre of this plant
3. any of the fibres of certain similar or related plants
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A durable natural fiber used as a floor covering, derived from leaves of the sisal plant.
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(also sisal hemp), a stiff, coarse natural fiber obtained from the leaves of the agave plant (Agava sisolana), which itself is sometimes given the name “sisal.” The fibers are separated from the fresh leaves without any special treatment; the fiber yield is about 3.5 percent. The elementary sisal fibers are 2-2.5 mm long, whereas the fibers used for industry are 0.6-1.5 m long. The fibers are shiny and yellowish. Sisal is not as sturdy as abaca and is more brittle than hemp. It is used to make ropes, nets, bristles, and other items. World sisal production is gradually being curtailed owing to the increased use of synthetic fibers. In 1972 production was about 604,000 tons. The main exporters of sisal are Tanzania, Kenya, Angola, and Brazil. The leaves of the related species A. fourcroydes yield the fiber henequén, which is produced in Mexico and Cuba.


Siniagin, I. I. Tropicheskoe zemledelie. Moscow, 1968. [23–1053–]
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Agave sisalina. An agave of the family Amaryllidaceae indigenous to Mexico and Central America; a coarse, stiff yellow fiber produced from the leaves is used for making twine and brush bristles.
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An organic fiber from the leaves of the sisal plant; used in making rope and cordage; sometimes mixed with plaster.
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(Streams and Iteration in a Single Assignment Language) A general-purpose single assignment functional programming language with strict semantics, automatic parallelisation and efficient arrays. Outputs a dataflow graph in IF1 (Intermediary Form 1). Derived from VAL, adds recursion and finite streams. Pascal-like syntax. Designed to be a common high-level language for numerical programs on a variety of multiprocessors.

Implementations exist for Cray X-MP, Cray Y-MP, Cray-2, Sequent, Encore Alliant, dataflow architectures, transputers and systolic arrays.

Defined in 1983 by James McGraw et al, Manchester University, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Colorado State University and DEC. Revised in 1985. First compiled implementation in 1986. Performance superior to C and competitive with Fortran, combined with efficient and automatic parallelisation.

Not to be confused with SASL.

E-mail: John Feo <>, Rod Oldehoeft <>.

David C. Cann has written an Optimising SISAL Compiler (OSC) which attempts to make efficient use of parallel processors such as Crays.

Latest version: 12.0, SISAL 1.2.

["A Report on the SISAL Language Project", J.T. Feo et al, J Parallel and Distrib Computing 10(4):349-366 (Dec 1990)].
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The sisal fibre is then hung up to dry in the sun, then brushed and woven into the required textiles.HIGHEST QUALITY FIBRESAccording to Jamleck Kirimi, a technician in the group, the leaves should not be decorticated after 48 hours from cutting time.
The conversion of native Caatinga vegetation to sisal cultivation using the traditional cultivation system decreased the soil TOC stock by 30%.
Lopez-Rocha (2011) found in Sisal, Yucatan, that length varied from 140 to 300 mm with a mean length of 220 mm, whereas Poot-Salazar et al.
Professor Godius Kahya- rara, director general of the country's National Social Secu- rity Fund (NSSF), recently an- nounced that his organisation had teamed up with Katani Ltd to revive the sisal industry in support of the country's indus- trialisation drive.
According to Kahyarara, the NSSF and Katani are mobilising funds from Azania Bank and National Microfinance Bank (NMB) to fund revival activities and mobilising experts from the Small Scale Industries Development Organization (SIDO) and Vocational Education Training Authority (VETA) to design projects that will utilise sisal products for both home and external markets.
Both treated and untreated sisal fibre-epoxy resin composites were manufactured using this method.
For the 30% of sisal fibre/epoxy composite, the insulation performance is displayed in Figure 4.
The most common college opponent was the River Falls, Wisconsin, Teachers College, who faced the Sisal Sox 1915-52 (9-12-2 record for the Sox).
The sisal reinforced fiber is tested by Universal Testing machine, Hardness testing machine, impact testing machine.
Chave has also recognized strong similarities between Minimalism and classical architecture in the "repetition of simple geometric forms," and because "both are distinguished by the use of plain, lucid forms that tend to reveal themselves in their entirety from any viewpoint." (23) With Entasis, Miller challenges all three traditions: the sisal overrides the classical columnar shape, the modernist grid as its foundation, and the rigid forms of Minimalism.
Tanzania sisal industry: Auditing and characterization of sisal post-harvest wastes as a bioresource for biorefining.