Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Any of numerous tropical trees and shrubs of the genus Pandanus native to Africa, Asia, and islands of the Pacific Ocean, having thick prop roots, edible fruit in some species, and a crown of narrow spiny leaves used as a fiber for weaving mats and similar articles and as a seasoning in cooking.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The screw-pine, a genus of plants, type of the order Pandaneæ, distinguished by its one-ovuled carpels.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • proper noun (Bot.) A genus of endogenous plants, native to tropical lands from Africa to Polynesia. See Screw pine.
  • proper noun Fiber from leaves of the pandanus tree; used for woven articles (such as mats).
  • proper noun Any of various Old World tropical palmlike trees having huge prop roots and pineapplelike leaves and edible conelike fruits; also called the screw pine.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun The screw pine, Pandanus utilis.

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

  • noun any of various Old World tropical palmlike trees having huge prop roots and edible conelike fruits and leaves like pineapple leaves
  • noun fiber from leaves of the pandanus tree; used for woven articles (such as mats)

Etymologies

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

[New Latin Pandanus, genus name, from Malay pandan, screw pine.]

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From Malay pandan

Examples

  • The ketaki Pandanus odoratissimus, a flowering tree called pandanus or screw pine in English, is also called kewra, kewda, keora, &c in India: "Kewra flowers have a sweet, perfumed odour that has a pleasant quality similar to rose flowers, but kewra is more fruity."

    languagehat.com: A CLOTH OF DARKNESS.

  • These will be accompanied by healthy juices utilizing local fruits, herbs and spices such as pandanus, citronella grass, kaffir limes, fresh ginger and calamansi.

    ETravelBlackboard.com

  • It can be as obvious and common as indigenous plants such as pandanus, lemongrass and daun kaduk (piper sarmentosum) growing in your garden.

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  • It can be as obvious and common as indigenous plants such as pandanus, lemongrass and daun kaduk (piper sarmentosum) growing in your garden.

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  • It can be as obvious and common as indigenous plants such as pandanus, lemongrass and daun kaduk (piper sarmentosum) growing in your garden.

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  • Straight up the beach to a shack under a pandanus tree Raoul headed.

    THE HOUSE OF MAPUHI

  • The gust of wind struck the pandanus tree overhead and tore through the palms beyond, flinging half a dozen ripe cocoanuts with heavy thuds to the ground.

    THE HOUSE OF MAPUHI

  • He seized it with his left hand, with a quick pull and twist wrenched it off, and grinningly tossed it, as a joke, into the pandanus basket which still his wife with one hand held before him while with the other she clutched her forehead bleeding from a flying fragment of pistol.

    CHAPTER XI

  • Two cable lengths wide, marked on the north by three separated cocoanuts, and on the south by pandanus trees.

    A LITTLE ACCOUNTWITH SWITHIN HALL

  • The ancient crone was making a dearest-loved lei (wreath) of the fruit of the hala which is the screw-pine or pandanus of the South Pacific.

    SHIN-BONES

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