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cabbage palmetto

a fan palm, Sabal palmetto, of the southeastern U.S.: the state tree of Florida and South Carolina.
Origin of cabbage palmetto
An Americanism dating back to 1795-1805 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • It is said the trunks are not as strong as those of the cabbage palmetto in Florida.

    American Forest Trees

    Henry H. Gibson
  • Frequently found under signs on trees near borders of towns; under bases of dead petioles of cabbage palmetto (Hebard, 1917).

British Dictionary definitions for cabbage palmetto

cabbage palmetto

a tropical American fan palm, Sabal palmetto, with edible leaf buds and leaves used in thatching
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