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fan palm

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noun
  1. a palm having fan-shaped leaves, as the talipot.
  2. Chinese fan palm.

Origin of fan palm

An Americanism dating back to 1810–20
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Examples from the Web for fan palm

Historical Examples

  • Here and there rose a fan-palm and a banyan, and the wood-oil tree was at home on rocky ground.

    Three Years in Western China

    Alexander Hosie

  • Fan-palm, a name sometimes given to the talipot palm or Corўpha umbraculifĕra, a native of Ceylon and Malabar.

  • Hot-houses for delicate plants are hardly needed in winter, and the fan-palm flourishes as it does at Singapore.

    Due West

    Maturin Murray Ballou

  • Above rustled the mimosa, the fan-palm, and the feathery pippala, Buddha's tree.

  • The beach was lined with the areca, or fan-palm tree, from which the well-known liquor called toddy is procured.


British Dictionary definitions for fan palm

fan palm

noun
  1. any of various palm trees, such as the talipot and palmetto, that have fan-shaped leavesCompare feather palm
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