Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The sago-palm, Arenga saccharifera.
- n. 2. The black fiber obtained from the sago-palm, remarkable for its power of resisting decay in water. This fiber is manufactured into cordage, plaited into ornaments, employed for thatching, and put to various other similar uses.
- n. A black, fibrous substance resembling horsehair, obtained from the leafstalks of two palms, Metroxylon sagu, and Arenga saccharifera, of the Indian islands, and used for making cordage.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A black, fibrous substance resembling horsehair, obtained from the leafstalks of two kinds of palms, Metroxylon Sagu, and Arenga saccharifera, of the Indian islands. It is used for making cordage. Called also
- n. Malaysian feather palm with base densely clothed with fibers; yields a sweet sap used in wine and trunk pith yields sago
- Malayan. (Wiktionary)
“The inhabitants of the Moluccas were in the practice of using, in their wars, in the defence of posts, a liquor afforded by the maceration of the fruit of the gomuti, which the Dutch appropriately denominated hell water.”
“* One of the most useful and abundant of all the palms, is the sagwire or gomuti borasms gomutus.”
“The gomuti palm is fit to yield toddy at nine or ten years old, and continues to yield it for two years at the average rate of three quarts a day.”
“Exhibition of 1851, among others, -- gomuti palm sugar (_Arenga saccharifera_) from Java; date palm sugar, from the Deccan; nipa sugar, from the stems of _Nipa fruticans_, and sugar from the fleshy flowers of _Bassia latifolia_, -- an East Indian tree.”
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“We have some molasses to eat with it, produced from the sap of the gomuti-palm.”
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