from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A tall dioecious palm (Borassus flabellifer) of tropical Africa and Asia that has large fanlike leaves. Also called palmyra palm.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A palm, Borassus flabelliformis, with straight black upright trunk and palmate leaves, whose wood, fruit, and roots can be used for many purposes.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A species of palm (Borassus flabelliformis) having a straight, black, upright trunk, with palmate leaves. It is found native along the entire northern shores of the Indian Ocean, from the mouth of the Tigris to New Guinea. More than eight hundred uses to which it is put are enumerated by native writers. Its wood is largely used for building purposes; its fruit and roots serve for food, its sap for making toddy, and its leaves for thatching huts.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An East Indian palm, Borassus flabelliformis.
- n. [capitalized] In zoology, the typical genus of Palmyridæ. P. aurifera is a beautiful species, with gold-colored parapodia two inches long.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. tall fan palm of Africa and India and Malaysia yielding a hard wood and sweet sap that is a source of palm wine and sugar; leaves used for thatching and weaving
Alteration (influenced by Palmyra ) of Portuguese palmeira, from palma, palm tree, from Latin; see palm2.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)