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fan palm

a palm having fan-shaped leaves, as the talipot.
Origin of fan palm
An Americanism dating back to 1810-20 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • The pools, hitherto protected from evaporation by the yellow fading branches of the fan palm, begin to disappear.

    The Desert World Arthur Mangin
  • The fan palm is to be seen in California, but it is of inferior growth, and is not indigenous there.

    The Pearl of India Maturin M. Ballou
  • Several land plants are also met with, among which are fine specimens of the fan palm or palmetto tribe (Flabellaria).

  • In the distance the cocoanut palms waved their heads, the rustling of the leaves of the fan palm reached the ear.

    The Poison Tree Bankim Chandra Chatterjee
  • The fan palm, called here palma real or royal palm, rises from seventy to eighty feet in height.

  • The fan palm before Mrs. Le Marchant's window, with its fans all pinched and bent, is staggering before the gale.

    Alas! Rhoda Broughton
  • Its flag, sword-shaped leaves branch out in flat semicircular clusters, resembling the fan palm.

    The Secret Service. Albert D. Richardson
  • We have seen most elegant and serviceable baskets made in Timor of the leaves of the fan palm.

British Dictionary definitions for fan palm

fan palm

any of various palm trees, such as the talipot and palmetto, that have fan-shaped leaves Compare feather palm
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