from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A genus of palms with gigantic fan-shaped leaves, natives of tropical Asia.
- n. In zoology, a genus of African larks: a synonym of Megalophonus. C. apiatus is an example.
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- n. large fan palms of tropical Asia to Australia
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The corypha spreads through the Llanos of Caracas from Mesa de Peja as far as Guayaval; farther north and north-west, near
We were surprised to see that almost all these trunks of the corypha were nearly of the same size, namely, from twenty to twenty-four feet high, and from eight to ten inches diameter at the foot.
It is entirely destitute of the corypha and moriche palm-trees.
They shun the direct rays of the sun, and while the pumos, the corypha of the steppes and other palms of America, flourish on the barren and burning plains, these ferns with arborescent trunks, which at a distance look like palm-trees, preserve the character and habits of cryptogamous plants.
Beside the solitary trunks of this palm-tree, we find dispersed here and there in the steppes a few clumps, real groves (palmares), in which the corypha is intermingled with a tree of the proteaceous family, called chaparro by the natives.
It is probably a new species of the genus corypha; and is called in the country palma de sombrero, the footstalks of the leaves being employed in weaving hats resembling our straw hats.