Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A genus of tropical American palms, allied to the cocoa-palm, with a tall prickly trunk, sometimes swollen in the middle, bearing a tuft of very large pinnate leaves. A. sclerocarpa is widely distributed through South America, and yields a small round fruit with thin, sweetish pulp and an edible kernel. The young leaves are eaten as a vegetable, and a sweet, fragrant oil is extracted from the nuts, which is used as an emollient and in the manufacture of toilet-soaps. See
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. a genus of Central and South American feather palms.
- n. Central and South American feather palms
“I rest under the shade of the _corozo_ palm, and quaff the wine of the _acrocomia_.”
“I see the _abanico_, with its enormous fan-shaped leaves; the wax-palm distilling its resinous gum; and the _acrocomia_, with its thorny trunk and enormous racemes of golden fruits.”
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