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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Any of several small, mostly tropical palms having fan-shaped leaves, especially one of the genus Sabal, such as S. palmetto of the southeast United States. Also called sabal.
  • n. Leaf strips of any of these plants, used in weaving.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Two closely related genera of New World palms, of the family Arecaceae; (a) Serenoa repens or the saw palmetto is the only species of its genus; it has certain medicinal uses; (b) Sabul, represented by about 15 species, some known commonly as palmettos, others as fan palms.
  • n. A native or resident of the American state of South Carolina (female: Palmetta).
  • adj. Of or pertaining to a palmetto palm.
  • adj. Of or pertaining the the US state of South Carolina, as the Palmetto State.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A name given to palms of several genera and species growing in the West Indies and the Southern United States. In the United States, the name is applied especially to the Chamærops Palmetto, or Sabal Palmetto, the cabbage tree of Florida and the Carolinas. See Cabbage tree, under cabbage.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Any one of several fan-leafed palms of different genera.
  • n. Same as silk-top palmetto.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. any of several low-growing palms with fan-shaped leaves

Etymologies

Spanish palmito, diminutive of palma, palm tree, from Latin; see palm2.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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