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from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. a name given to palms having a terminal bud called a cabbage, as the Sabal Palmetto of the United States, and the Euterpe oleracea and Oreodoxa oleracea of the West Indies.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A name given to many species of palms the tender growing leaf-buds of which are used as a vegetable.
  • n. A name given to species of Andira, leguminous trees of tropical America, bearing racemes of red flowers and roundish, hard, one-seeded pods, and yielding the anthelmintic cabbage-tree bark of pharmacists.
  • n. In New Zealand, an arborescent liliaceous plant, Cordyline indivisa.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. elegant tree having either a single trunk or a branching trunk each with terminal clusters of long narrow leaves and large panicles of fragrant white, yellow or red flowers; New Zealand
  • n. Australian palm with leaf buds that are edible when young
  • n. tree with shaggy unpleasant-smelling toxic bark and yielding strong durable wood; bark and seeds used as a purgative and vermifuge and narcotic

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