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- n. fan palms of the southern United States and the Caribbean region
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It is a region beyond the limits of the true palm-tree; but this has its representative in the palmetto -- "latanier" of the French -- the _Sabal_ palm of the botanist, of more than one species, forming in many places the underwood, and giving a tropical character to the forest.
The praline woman sits by the side of the Archbishop's quaint little old chapel on Royal Street, and slowly waves her latanier fan over the pink and brown wares.
And in the evening one comes home, hat crowned with cool gray Spanish moss, hands burdened with fantastic latanier baskets woven by the brown bayou boys, hand in hand with your dearest one, tired but happy.
"An 'Buddy'll bring in a lot of gray moss and _latanier_ to dec'rate with, an' --"
Southwest, across the pass, gleams beautiful Grande Isle: primitively a wilderness of palmetto (latanier); -- then drained, diked, and cultivated by Spanish sugar-planters; and now familiar chiefly as a bathing-resort.
I combs my ha'r wid de _latanier_, an 'washes my face in de Ole Basin, "it was so easy for those who wanted to help her to say to their consciences," She doesn't want us to know where she lives, "and, after a few simple kindnesses, to let the matter drop.