American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A large palm (Nipa frutescens) of the Philippines and Australia, having long leaves often used for thatching.
- n. An alcoholic beverage made from the sap of this plant.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An aberrant genus of low palms of the tribe Phytelephantinæ, characterized by the one-celled carpels and roughened pollen-grains. The single species, N. fruticans, the nipa- or nipah palm, is found at mouths of rivers from Ceylon to Australia and the Philippines. Its elongated horizontal stems produce from the apex a short spongy trunk, with terminal pinnately divided leaves sometimes 20 feet long. They are much used in thatching and in making cigarettes and mats. Its drupes are borne in a mass of the size of the human head, and their kernels are edible. The spadix yields a toddy.
- n. A palm tree of the species Nypa fruticans.
- n. made from sap of the Australasian nipa palm
- n. monotypic genus of palms of Australasia
- New Latin, from Malay nipah. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“In the same manner as the cocoanut-palm, the sap is extracted by incision made in the fruit-bearing stalk, and is used for distilling a liquid known as nipa wine, which, however, should properly be termed a spirit.”
“They built it better, and roofed it with tile, whereby it will be safer than a roofing of nipa, which is so exposed to fire and flames.”
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“The rest of the resorts in Patar Beach only have basic accommodation such as nipa huts.”
“It can be a five star hotel with all the amenities or a loan nipa hut tucked away on the beach.”
“The banka repaired, me, Clifford, and Clifford's crew settled in a nipa hut.”
“In the fo'c'stle of every blistered tramp that hooted of nipa-palm villages in search of cargo, the Chalice of Everlasting Fire was the subject of discussion.”
“She made us paper dolls with renditions of nipa huts from her beloved homeland.”
“The school was made up of nipa that existed in Villa Espina.”
“Other members of Akan society will point to them and say onnye™ nipa (“he is not a real person”).”
“In fact, to pass a judgment that someone is an onye™ nipa is a way of respecting the person as a moral agent; not holding an adult responsible in this way would be tantamount to failing to respect their moral agency.”
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