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Webster's Dictionary [1]

(n.) A vegetable substance consisting of soft, elastic, yellowish brown chaff, gathered in the Hawaiian Islands from the young fronds of free ferns of the genus Cibotium, chiefly C. Menziesii; - used for stuffing mattresses, cushions, etc., and as an absorbent.

The Nuttall Encyclopedia [2]

A kind of silk obtained from the fibres of a fern-tree of Hawaii.