from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A Brazilian palm, Attalea excelsa.
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When the sap has been gathered he makes a fire of the nuts of the urucuri palm and places an inverted funnel over it to concentrate the smoke.
That ball was gradually increased in circumference by smearing it over with more latex, which became gradually coagulated and dried by the heat and smoke produced by the burning of certain woods, and of the oily seeds of the _urucuri_ palm, technically known as the _Attalea excelsa_.
Again we passed through a grove of urucuri palms (_Attalea excelsa_).
More gregarious in their habits than most other palms are the urucuri palms -- Attalea excelsa -- groves of which beautify the higher lands, and grow in vast numbers under the crowns of the more lofty ordinary forest-trees; their smooth columnar stems being generally fifty feet in height, while their broad, finely pinnated leaves, interlocking above, form arches and woven canopies of elegant and diversified shapes.