American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A palm tree having palmately divided, fanlike leaves.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Any palm having flabellate or fan-shaped leaves, in distinction from those with pinnate leaves.
GNU Webster's 1913
- (Bot.) Any palm tree having fan-shaped or radiate leaves; as the Chamærops humilis of Southern Europe; the species of Sabal and Thrinax in the West Indies, Florida, etc.; and especially the great talipot tree (Corypha umbraculifera) of Ceylon and Malaya. The leaves of the latter are often eighteen feet long and fourteen wide, and are used for umbrellas, tents, and roofs. When cut up, they are used for books and manuscripts.
- n. palm having palmate or fan-shaped leaves
“No doubt the seed whence the single fan palm sprung would be brought hither by a nutmeg pigeon; but there is no bird-carrier for the CYCAD, and the set of the current is opposed to its transport by the sea.”
“Though the CYCAS MEDIA is plentiful on the seaward slopes of the adjacent mainland, no trace of that interesting old-world plant has been discovered here. and but one casual representative has been found of the graceful fan palm”
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