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

  • n. A tall palm tree (Corypha umbraculifera) of India and Sri Lanka, having a spreading crown of very large fanlike leaves and a giant inflorescence that is the largest among the flowering plants.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A tall palm tree, Corypha umbraculifera, from Sri Lanka and southern India, having very large leaves and flowers

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A beautiful tropical palm tree (Corypha umbraculifera), a native of Ceylon and the Malabar coast. It has a trunk sixty or seventy feet high, bearing a crown of gigantic fan-shaped leaves which are used as umbrellas and as fans in ceremonial processions, and, when cut into strips, as a substitute for writing paper.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An important fan-leafed palm, Corypha umbraculifera, native in Ceylon, on the Malabar coast, and elsewhere.

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

  • n. tall palm of southern India and Sri Lanka with gigantic leaves used as umbrellas and fans or cut into strips for writing paper

Etymologies

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

Ultimately from Sanskrit tālapattram, palm leaf used for writing : tālaḥ, fan palm; see toddy + pattram, leaf; see pet- in Indo-European roots.

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