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palm wine

wine made from distilled palm-tree sap.
Origin of palm wine
First recorded in 1605-15 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • They were pounced upon while they slept heavily after drinking all that palm wine you've allowed Makola to give them.

    Tales of Unrest Joseph Conrad
  • I think you had better give some palm wine to our men to make a dance this evening.

    Tales of Unrest Joseph Conrad
  • This made the eaters very thirsty, and quite ready to drink quantities of palm wine afterward.

  • A brush is then dipped in palm wine, which is sprinkled over the attendants.

  • The bread is very good, palm wine being used for yeast; and yams are an excellent substitute for potatoes.

  • palm wine is very pleasant and refreshing when it is first made.

  • A hundred years ago the men of Bekwando, who went naked and knew no drink more subtle than palm wine had one virtue—bravery.

    A Millionaire of Yesterday E. Phillips Oppenheim
  • One of the few luxuries of Matabello is the palm wine; which is the fermented sap from the flower stains of the cocoa-net.

    The Malay Archipelago Alfred Russell Wallace
  • Oh, I suppose you get it just as I do my palm wine when I wish, or my cocoanut milk.

    The King of Gee-Whiz Emerson Hough
  • But rum flowed literally in buckets, and palm wine several days old, which is even stronger.

    The Woodlands Orchids Frederick Boyle
British Dictionary definitions for palm wine

palm wine

(esp in W Africa) the sap drawn from the palm tree, esp when allowed to ferment
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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