Definitions

from The 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.

Etymologies

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Examples

  • Each man also possesses a "cadjan," or sleeping-mat, made of the broad leaves of a pandanus neatly sewn together in three layers.

    The Malay Archipelago, the land of the orang-utan and the bird of paradise; a narrative of travel, with studies of man and nature — Volume 2

  • After being shown her MO cadjan, Jane was introduced to some of the more senior officers.

    A Covert Affair

  • 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.”

    A Covert Affair

  • 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.

    A Covert Affair

  • 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.

    A Covert Affair

  • 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.

    A Covert Affair

  • 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.

    East of Suez Ceylon, India, China and Japan

  • Not a nail is used, and cadjan flaps that may be raised or lowered from within the building take the place of glazed windows.

    East of Suez Ceylon, India, China and Japan

  • 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.

    East of Suez Ceylon, India, China and Japan

  • 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.

    East of Suez Ceylon, India, China and Japan

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