Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The matted cocoa-palm leaves used in southern India for thatch.
- n. A section or strip of palm-leaf prepared for use as writing-material. The leaf generally used for this purpose is that of the palmyra-palm or the talipot (Corypha um-braculifera) of Ceylon.
[Anglo-Indian in both uses.]
“Each man also possesses a "cadjan," or sleeping-mat, made of the broad leaves of a pandanus neatly sewn together in three layers.”
“After being shown her MO cadjan, Jane was introduced to some of the more senior officers.”
“Identifying the female as “Julia, the 6′2″ bien-jambee,” he continued in a pedantic tone, “The room is a typical 10 × 18 with its coir matting, woven cadjan walls, wooden shutters, and army bed with folded-up mosquito net above.””
“This was just as well, as she heard that the previous week a young British naval commander who saw a six-foot-long cobra in his cadjan dove out his open window and escaped with only a sprained thumb.”
“Assuming a look of bland courtesy, Jane led the way toward a separate room at the far end of the cadjan dominated by a long table where several young Ceylonese women were busily working.”
“Sitting in her office cadjan, Jane had come to recognize the now-familiar signs of the coming onslaught: first came the roaring sound, steadily gathering force as it tore through the jungle; the sky dimmed; a violent wind whipped up and filled the air with the smell of rotten leaves; then came the slashing rain.”
“For a good corner lot perhaps twenty feet square the government receives as much as a thousand rupees; and a few hours after the lease is signed up goes a cadjan structure -- and a day later pearls worth a king's ransom may there be dealt in with an absence of concern astounding to a visitor.”
“Not a nail is used, and cadjan flaps that may be raised or lowered from within the building take the place of glazed windows.”
“A dwelling of this character, carpeted with palm-mats, and flanked with verandas, brings a flowing measure of comfort to the dweller in the tropics; but the gales of the annual southwest monsoon play havoc with cadjan roofs and walls.”
“Another opportunity is to travel two days by post-cart to a village one never heard of, transferring there to a bullock hackery that may take him through jungle roads to the cadjan metropolis -- provided he is able to give instructions in Tamil, or a college-bred coolie can be found who knows English.”
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