from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun An obsolete form of palmetto.
  • noun In Spanish America and the West Indies, the tender crown or terminal bud of unexpanded leaves of various species of palms, used as a vegetable, and sometimes called palm-cabbage. In the Bermudas this name was applied to the bud of the indigenous palmetto, Inodes Palmetto, a plant hold in very high esteem by the first settlers.


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

[American Spanish, palmetto, from Spanish, diminutive of palma, palm, from Latin; see palm.]


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