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[nee-puh] /ˈni pə/
a palm, Nypa fruticans, of India, the Philippines, etc., whose foliage is used for thatching, basketry, etc.
Origin of nipa
1580-90; < New Latin < Malay nipah Unabridged
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  • To the front beyond the nipa houses and their palm-fringed gardens, lay unseen the parallel, intrenched lines of the Insurgents.

    The Code of the Mountains Charles Neville Buck
  • Their Christmas-tree will be the royal palm; and nipa boughs their mistletoe.

  • The Americans finally departed, leaving this ruin staring after them from the window of a nipa shack.

    A Woman's Impression of the Philippines Mary H. (Mary Helen) Fee
  • The windows are of translucent shell, while the door is of nipa or wood.

    The Critic in the Orient George Hamlin Fitch
  • Usually he was in his nipa hut in the coconuts, silent and alone.

    Caybigan James Hopper
  • For the latter, however, nipa palm and cógon grass are preferred.

    The Philippine Islands Ramon Reyes Lala
  • The left-hand bank is a flat, swampy plain of impenetrable jungle, having its river banks lined with mangroves and nipa palms.

    On the Equator Harry de Windt
  • There are, besides, 100 Indian huts (chozas) constructed of the nipa palm.

  • A raking fire came from the nipa huts, but now the rebels were seen to be fleeing.

    The Campaign of the Jungle Edward Stratemeyer
  • They go to this little barrio where we going, and go into nipa shack.

    The Golden Skull John Blaine
British Dictionary definitions for nipa


/ˈniːpə; ˈnaɪ-/
a palm tree, Nipa fruticans, of S and SE Asia, having feathery leaves, used for thatching, and edible fruit
the fruit or thatch obtained from this tree
the sap of this tree, used to make a liquor
Word Origin
C16: from Malay nīpah
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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