Definitions

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The screw pine, Pandanus utilis.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The screw-pine, a genus of plants, type of the order Pandaneæ, distinguished by its one-ovuled carpels.

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

  • 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)

Etymologies

New Latin Pandanus, genus name, from Malay pandan, screw pine.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Malay pandan (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • 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."

    languagehat.com: A CLOTH OF DARKNESS.

  • These will be accompanied by healthy juices utilizing local fruits, herbs and spices such as pandanus, citronella grass, kaffir limes, fresh ginger and calamansi.

    ETravelBlackboard.com

  • It can be as obvious and common as indigenous plants such as pandanus, lemongrass and daun kaduk (piper sarmentosum) growing in your garden.

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  • Two cable lengths wide, marked on the north by three separated cocoanuts, and on the south by pandanus trees.

    A LITTLE ACCOUNTWITH SWITHIN HALL

  • 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.

    SHIN-BONES

  • Straight up the beach to a shack under a pandanus tree Raoul headed.

    THE HOUSE OF MAPUHI

  • 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.

    THE HOUSE OF MAPUHI

  • 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.

    CHAPTER XI

  • 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.

    “Have you lived? What have you got to show for it?”

  • Some distance away, he found the natives seated near a grass hut in a secluded grove of pandanus trees.

    Golden State

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