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palm leaf

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noun
  1. the leaf or frond of a palm tree, especially that of a fan palm, used in making fans, hats, thatch, mats, etc.

Origin of palm leaf

First recorded in 1650–60
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Examples from the Web for palm leaf

Historical Examples

  • The evening was warm, and I took up a palm-leaf fan, and fanned her.

    The Continental Monthly, Vol. 5, No. 5, May, 1864

    Various

  • We got our umbrellas, palm-leaf fans, and tract bags, and started off.

    Have We No Rights?

    Mabel Williamson

  • She stopped and fanned him with a palm-leaf fan thrown on the table.

  • Mrs. Bellew had taken up a palm-leaf fan to screen her face from the fire.

    The Country House

    John Galsworthy

  • Why didn't he take a ship-load of palm-leaf fans to Spitzbergen while he was about it?