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

  • n. A large palm (Nipa frutescens) of the Philippines and Australia, having long leaves often used for thatching.
  • n. An alcoholic beverage made from the sap of this plant.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A palm tree of the species Nypa fruticans.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An aberrant genus of low palms of the tribe Phytelephantinæ, characterized by the one-celled carpels and roughened pollen-grains.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. made from sap of the Australasian nipa palm
  • n. monotypic genus of palms of Australasia


New Latin, from Malay nipah.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)



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