American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Any of various palm trees having sap or juice from which wine is made.
- n. Any of several palms that have a sugary sap that can be fermented to produce palm wine; especially the fishtail palm (Caryota urens) and the palmyra palm (Borassus flabellifer).
- n. fishtail palm of India to Malay Peninsula; sap yields a brown sugar (jaggery) and trunk pith yields sago
- 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
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