Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A genus of South American palms belonging to the tribe Lepidocaryeæ and the subtribe Mauritieæ, characterized by flowers in catkins borne on the branches of the spikes, and by furrowless seeds.

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Examples

  • I thought of what Jim had told me and remembered that out beyond the mauritia swamps there were still Waorani who had yet to be contacted—a small band splintered from the people at Yasuni, running scared in the forest.

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  • I thought of what Jim had told me and remembered that out beyond the mauritia swamps there were still Waorani who had yet to be contacted—a small band splintered from the people at Yasuni, running scared in the forest.

    One River

  • In an excellent soil, around clumps of mauritia, there is every year from fifty feet square a produce of thirteen or fourteen tortas.

    Travels to the Equinoctial Regions of America

  • These phenomena are observed on barren tracts of fifty or sixty leagues in length, wherever the savannahs are not traversed by rivers; for on the borders of rivulets, and around little pools of stagnant water, the traveller finds at certain distances, even during the period of the great droughts, thickets of mauritia, a palm, the leaves of which spread out like a fan, and preserve a brilliant verdure.

    Travels to the Equinoctial Regions of America

  • The murichi, or mauritia with scaly fruits, is the celebrated sago-tree of the Guaraon Indians.

    Travels to the Equinoctial Regions of America

  • We often made a similar observation under the shade of the mauritia palm-tree, the Cocos butyracea, the Seje and the Pihiguao of the Atabapo.

    Travels to the Equinoctial Regions of America

  • The plantain, the sago-tree, and the mauritia of the Orinoco, are as much bread-trees as the rema of the South Sea.

    Travels to the Equinoctial Regions of America

  • * In the season of inundations these clumps of mauritia, with their leaves in the form of a fan, have the appearance of a forest rising from the bosom of the waters.

    Travels to the Equinoctial Regions of America

  • Between these two tributary streams of the Orinoco, amid the morichales, or clumps of mauritia palm-trees, which surround Esmeralda, the Rio Sodomoni flows, celebrated for the excellence of the pine-apples that grow upon its banks.

    Travels to the Equinoctial Regions of America

  • The fine pirijao palm, with its fruit like peaches, and a new species of bache, or mauritia, its trunk bristled with thorns, rise amid smaller trees, the vegetation of which appears to be retarded by the continuance of the inundations.

    Travels to the Equinoctial Regions of America

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