American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A tall palm tree (Corypha umbraculifera) of India and Sri Lanka, having a spreading crown of very large fanlike leaves and a giant inflorescence that is the largest among the flowering plants.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An important fan-leafed palm, Corypha umbraculifera, native in Ceylon, on the Malabar coast, and elsewhere. It has at maturity a straight cylindrical ringed trunk 60 or 70 feet high, crowned with a tuft of circular or elliptical leaves 13 feet or more in diameter, composed of radiating plaited segments united except at the border, and borne on prickly stalks 6 or 7 feet long. The trunk does not develop, however, till the plant is about thirty years old, the leaves till then springing from near the ground. It then rises rapidly, and from the summit produces a pyramidal panicle 30 feet high, with yellowish-green flowers so unpleasantly odorous that the tree is sometimes felled at this stage. After maturing its fruit, which requires fourteen months, the tree dies. The leaves are used for covering houses, making umbrellas and fans, and frequently in the place of writing-paper. They are borne before people of rank among the Cingalese. Other names are basket palm, shreetalum.
- n. A tall palm tree, Corypha umbraculifera, from Sri Lanka and southern India, having very large leaves and flowers
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Bot.) A beautiful tropical palm tree (Corypha umbraculifera), a native of Ceylon and the Malabar coast. It has a trunk sixty or seventy feet high, bearing a crown of gigantic fan-shaped leaves which are used as umbrellas and as fans in ceremonial processions, and, when cut into strips, as a substitute for writing paper.
- n. tall palm of southern India and Sri Lanka with gigantic leaves used as umbrellas and fans or cut into strips for writing paper
- Ultimately from Sanskrit tālapattram, palm leaf used for writing : tālaḥ, fan palm; see toddy + pattram, leaf; see pet- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“It also has some 700 hectares of the fan-leaved corypha or talipot palm Corypha umbraculifera, on the leaves of which Buddhist sermons were originally inscribed.”
“The talipot leaves are likewise used by the common people to shelter themselves from the rain, _one leaf affording sufficient shelter for seven or eight persons_.”
“Large as the dimensions of the talipot leaf may appear, it is exceeded in size by the _troolie_ of”
“Bennet, in his work on "Ceylon and its Capabilities," (1843), states that sago is procured from the granulated pith of the talipot palm,”
The Commercial Products of the Vegetable Kingdom Considered in Their Various Uses to Man and in Their Relation to the Arts and Manufactures; Forming a Practical Treatise & Handbook of Reference for the Colonist, Manufacturer, Merchant, and Consumer, on the Cultivation, Preparation for Shipment, and Commercial Value, &c. of the Various Substances Obtained From Trees and Plants, Entering into the Husbandry of Tropical and Sub-tropical Regions, &c.
“A talipot palm was in blossom, towering high to heaven, but we knew that its course was nearly ended, for when it attains about half a century of vitality it droops and dies; this seems”
“This fact was emphasized by a long afternoon drive, beginning in the native quarter with its attendant bazars and ending with a long country tour for at least an hour through a forest of palms of many varieties, the tall talipot towering high -- higher even than the fruit-laden cocoanut palm, -- while bread-fruit trees, jack-fruit trees, and bananas made a pleasing variety.”
“The library of the temple held many richly bound Buddhist books, written on leaves made from the talipot palm.”
“In Ceylon, for instance, the leaves of the talipot; in India, the leaves of the palm (with which they commonly covered their houses,) were used for books.”
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“At Peradeniya the palm family has nearly a hundred representatives, including the areca, palmyra, talipot, royal, fan, traveler's, date and cocoanut.”
“The line then pushes its way through a bewildering medley of tropical vegetation -- there are miles of cashew and breadfruit trees, of frangipani and jaks, and more than once a stately talipot-palm is discerned in full blossom -- for half a century the tree has stored its vitality for this one effort; and the burst of splendor spent, its career on earth is ended.”
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