American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Any of numerous palmlike dioecious trees and shrubs of the genus Pandanus of the Old World tropics, having large prop roots and a crown of narrow spiny leaves that yield a fiber used in weaving mats and similar articles. Also called screw pine.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The screw-pine, a genus of plants, type of order Pandaneæ, distinguished by its one-ovuled carpels. It includes about 50 species, all tropical, natives especially of the Malayan, Mascarene, and Seychelles islands, with a few on the Australian, African, and Asiatic continents. They are usually erect, with robust or slender trunk, unbranched or with upwardly curved candelabrum-like branches, which produce strong aërial roots. The roundish fruit is often pendulous and sheathed with colored bracts. See
Screw-pine, chandelier-tree, keora-oil, and tent-tree.
- n. any of various Old World tropical palmlike trees having huge prop roots and edible conelike fruits and leaves like pineapple leaves
- n. fiber from leaves of the pandanus tree; used for woven articles (such as mats)
- From Malay pandan (Wiktionary)
- New Latin Pandanus, genus name, from Malay pandan, screw pine. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The ketaki Pandanus odoratissimus, a flowering tree called pandanus or screw pine in English, is also called kewra, kewda, keora, &c in India: "Kewra flowers have a sweet, perfumed odour that has a pleasant quality similar to rose flowers, but kewra is more fruity.”
“These will be accompanied by healthy juices utilizing local fruits, herbs and spices such as pandanus, citronella grass, kaffir limes, fresh ginger and calamansi.”
“Two cable lengths wide, marked on the north by three separated cocoanuts, and on the south by pandanus trees.”
“The ancient crone was making a dearest-loved lei (wreath) of the fruit of the hala which is the screw-pine or pandanus of the South Pacific.”
“Straight up the beach to a shack under a pandanus tree Raoul headed.”
“The gust of wind struck the pandanus tree overhead and tore through the palms beyond, flinging half a dozen ripe cocoanuts with heavy thuds to the ground.”
“He seized it with his left hand, with a quick pull and twist wrenched it off, and grinningly tossed it, as a joke, into the pandanus basket which still his wife with one hand held before him while with the other she clutched her forehead bleeding from a flying fragment of pistol.”
“After Deacon loses big money gambling, Grief announces that the Gunga captain is sailing for Karo-Karo, a ring of sand island with 800 natives growing pandanus.”
“Some distance away, he found the natives seated near a grass hut in a secluded grove of pandanus trees.”
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