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


Ultimately from Sanskrit tālapattram, palm leaf used for writing : tālaḥ, fan palm; see toddy + pattram, leaf; see pet- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)



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