Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A Brazilian palm, Astrocaryum vulgare. It is of great importance to the Indians, who make cordage, bowstrings, fishing-nets, etc., from the fine durable fiber consisting of the epidermis of its unexpanded leaves. Hammocks, hats, fans, etc., are also fabricated of this thread. The pulp of the fruit yields an oil useful in many ways. Its products are known as tucum-fiber or -thread and tucum-oil. Tecum appears to be a form of this name.
- n. A fine, strong fibre obtained from the young leaves of a Brazilian palm (Astrocaryum vulgare), used for cordage, bowstrings, etc..
- n. The plant that yields this fibre.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A fine, strong fiber obtained from the young leaves of a Brazilian palm (Astrocaryum vulgare), used for cordage, bowstrings, etc.; also, the plant yielding this fiber. Called also
tecum, and tecum fiber.
- So called by the Native Americans of Brazil. (Wiktionary)
“Guapo had made the hammocks, having woven the cords out of the epidermis of the leaf of a noble palm, called "tucum" (_Astrocaryum_).”
“One or two of the children wore necklaces and bracelets made of the polished wood of the tucum palm, and of the molars of small rodents.”
“Plenty of _tucum_ or _tucuma_ palms adorned the right bank; whereas on the left bank was fairly open country.”
“The _campos_ were particularly neat in that region -- merely a few _burity_ and _tucum_ palms flourishing on the edge of the water.”
“What objects are generally manufactured from tucum?”
“_tucum_ (_Astrocaryum tucuma_) -- also of immense size.”
“Vent.), and short _tocun_ or _tucum_ palms (_Astrocaryum tucuma_ M.).”
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