Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A stemless palmlike plant (Carludovica palmata) of Central and South America, having long-stalked, fanlike leaves that are used to make Panama hats.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A kind of grass used in Ecuador for making hats.
  • noun A hat made of the jipi japa grass.

Etymologies

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

[American Spanish, after Jipijapa, a city of western Ecuador.]

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  • The tree (Carludovica palmata) from which Panama hats are made, also the town in Ecuador famous for their manufacture.

    December 31, 2006

  • I like the somewhat terse fashion advice from CDC: 'These hats are not of the best grade.'

    But this is a happy little word. J-j-j-jaunty.

    January 8, 2013