Manila (Man-Il'-A). A fibrous material obtained from the leaves and stalks of a hemp plant that grows in the Phillipine islands. The fiber is used for a great variety of purposes, owing to the many qualities of the ma-nila plant. The outside bark is manufactured into cordage, binding twine and ropes, while the inner fiber is spun and woven into fine muslins and other delicate fabrics. Manila hats are also produced from this fiber. [See Hats]