from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun Any of several tropical and subtropical palms of the Americas having fan-shaped leaves, especially one of the genus Sabal, such as the cabbage palm.
- noun Leaf strips of any of these plants, used in weaving.
from The Century Dictionary.
- noun Any one of several fan-leafed palms of different genera.
- noun Same as
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun (Bot.) A name given to palms of several genera and species growing in the West Indies and the Southern United States. In the United States, the name is applied especially to the
Chamærops Palmetto, or Sabal Palmetto, the cabbage tree of Florida and the Carolinas. See Cabbage tree, under cabbage.
- noun the West Indian
Sabal umbraculifera, the trunk of which, when hollowed, is used for water pipes, etc. The leaves are used for thatching, and for making hats, ropes, etc.
Sabal serrulata, a native of Georgia, South Carolina, and Florida. The nearly impassable jungle which it forms is called palmetto scrub.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.
- noun botany Two closely related
generaof New World palms, of the family Arecaceae; (a) Serenoa repens or the saw palmetto is the only species of its genus; it has certain medicinal uses; (b) Sabul, represented by about 15 species, some known commonly as palmettos, others as fan palms.
- noun A native or resident of the American state of South Carolina (female: Palmetta).
- adjective Of or pertaining to a palmetto palm.
- adjective Of or pertaining the the US state of
South Carolina, as the Palmetto State.
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- noun any of several low-growing palms with fan-shaped leaves
from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
For those of you who don't know a palmetto is a tree (beautiful in my opinion) that most southereners think of as a weed.
It's what they call palmetto cabbage, and it's very good to eat too, I can tell you. "
Now, not some little inch longer sucker but the kind they call palmetto bugs down south – the big three to four inch longs fuckers.
It was very low, with merlons of great thickness; and was constructed of earth, and a species of soft wood common in that country, called the palmetto, which, on being struck with a ball, does not splinter, but closes upon it.
McCown said the bears den in thick palmetto, which is very flammable.
In the centre, Christ is seen, enthroned under a kind of palmetto canopy; above him, on
The palmetto spoken of is, in truth, not a "palmetto," though a plant of kindred genus.
'Coffin's Island,' which is usually of the highest grade.] [Footnote D: The palmetto is a straight, tall tree, with a tuft of branches and palm leaves at its top.
"palmetto" land, marking the limits of the annual inundation, extended northward through the woods, and parallel to the line of fence.
He tried to make his way back to the trail, then to where he thought the parking lot was, and to traffic he heard on a nearby four-lane highway, using palmetto trees and white-flowered shrubs as markers.