from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One of various palms whose leaves are suitable for thatching, particularly in the West Indies the royal palmetto. Sabal umbraculifera, and in Lord Howe's Island (Australia) Howea Forsteriana. See thatch and thatch-tree.
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Huts are now built, roofed with long grass, or the branches of the thatch-palm.