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  • n. The fruit of the tagua palm.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The ivory-palm, Phytelephas macrocarpa. See ivory-nut, and cut under Phytelephas.


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  • Abundant populations of palms are common in the middle mountain ranges: "tagua" or ivory palm (Dictyocarium lamarckianum) between 900 and 1600 m and "palma de cera" or wax palm (Ceroxylon ceriferum) between 1800 and 2500 m.

    Santa Marta montane forests

  • Rather than being new, it now turned out that the tagua was the same thing as Rusconi’s fossil species Platygonus wagneri: it really was a ‘fossil come to life’.

    Archive 2006-07-01

  • A wide swathe of materials such as tagua nut, briar root, recycled paper, recovered animal antlers, coconut husks, antique coins, and feathers have been gathered together to create truly exceptional pieces designed for sartorial one-upsmanship.


  • Allan shows one of his artisans a tagua nut that he picked up from one of the local palm trees.

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  • Their enquiries eventually led to the successful procurement of tagua skulls, and they clearly represented a third, modern-day peccary species.

    Archive 2006-07-01

  • The story then moves on to 1972 when, while working on a mammal inventory project in the semiarid thorn forest and steppe of the Gran Chaco area of Argentina, Paraguay and Bolivia, Ralph Wetzel and colleagues were surprised to hear from local people of a large peccary – distinct from the Collared and White-lipped – known to them as the tagua, pagua or curé-buro (meaning donkey-pig).

    Archive 2006-07-01

  • Over at our sister blog Feelgood Style, Delia Montgomery shared some info about tagua buttons and why tagua is good for both elephants and the rainforest.

    Carnival of Green Crafts #3: Trash Into Treasure

  • Other species are very valuable for the non-wood products they provide; this is true of the tagua palm (Phytelephas aequatorialis) and "barbasco" (Jacquinia sprucei).

    Ecuadorian dry forests

  • On the way we had a glimpse of the lake Tagua-tagua, celebrated for its floating islands, which have been described by

    Journal of researches into the geology and natural history of the various countries visited by H.M.S. Beagle

  • On the way we had a glimpse of the lake Tagua-tagua, celebrated for its floating islands, which have been described by M.

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  • OED: The ivory-palm, Phytelephas macrocarpa, which produces the ivory-nut or corozo-nut; also in Comb., as tagua-nut, -palm, -plant.

    Produces "vegetable ivory". (I can't help but think of Andrew Marvell: My vegetable love should grow / Vaster than empires, and more slow)

    December 5, 2008