Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The Nipa fruticans, a nearly stemless palm of the tidal forests of the East Indian archipelago. Its smooth pinnate leaves are from 15 to 30 feet long, very thick and strong, and are extensively used for thatching.
“On the outer edge of Cassim's plantation, where the soil was damp, we noticed several long rows of the nepah palm, generally known as attap, and extensively used for thatching houses in the East.”
“Above this is a large wooden bungalow with an attap roof, which is the British”
“He has scarcely left me since, except to go out to sleep on the attap roof.”
“On one side of the river there is a fishing village of mat and attap hovels on stilts raised a few feet above the slime of a mangrove swamp; and on the other an expanse of slime, with larger houses on stilts, and an attempt at a street of Chinese shops, and a gambling-den, which I entered, and found full of gamblers at noonday.”
“Within the fort the collector and magistrate — a very inert-looking Dutch half-caste — has a wretched habitation, mostly made of attap.”
“A substantial flight of stone steps leads from the river to a skeleton jetty with an attap roof, and near it a number of attap-roofed boats were lying, loaded with slabs of tin from the diggings in the interior, to be transhipped to Pinang.”
“We went on to Kamunting, a forlorn town, mainly built of attap, with roads and ditches needing much improvement, and I bargained for some Chinese purses and visited a gambling saloon, the place in which one sees the peculiar expression of the Chinese face at its fullest development.”
“They are all conical buildings of wood and attap raised on wooden pillars, and are usually on small knolls a little way from the kampongs.”
“The houses are all to a certain extent fire-proof — that is, when a fire occurs, and the attap-thatched roofs are burned, the houses below, which are mostly shops, are safe.”
“The cook-house is a small attap shed, in a place cut into the hill, and an inclosure of attap screens with a barrel in it under the house is the bath-room.”
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