- any of various palms having fan-shaped leaves, as of the genera Sabal, Serenoa, and Thrinax.
Origin of palmetto
Examples from the Web for palmetto
A policeman stopped traffic on Palmetto for the cortege and second line to pass, and in a better street, people broke out dancing.
They pulled the elegant wagon on a slow pace along for a block and then made a U-turn beneath the Palmetto overpass.
Palmetto becomes Washington Avenue after it crosses Carrollton and approaches the campus of Xavier University.
The result is that Democrats and Independents will be able to continue to vote in Republican primaries in the Palmetto State.South Carolina Court Decision Looms Large For 2016
August 28, 2013
The first female and minority governor in Palmetto State history finds herself in a unique position.Nikki Haley Brings Out Perry, Jindal, and Walker for Reelection Bid
August 27, 2013
Who will say that a dread Nemesis has not overtaken the metropolis of the Palmetto State?Sword and Pen
John Algernon Owens
Some people here use the palmetto leaves for fans or brooms.
Lamon brought back a palmetto branch, but no promise of peace.Lincoln's Yarns and Stories
Alexander K. McClure
Some of the wharfs along the Texas coast are built on palmetto piles.American Forest Trees
Henry H. Gibson
These, together with a handful of palmetto berries, constituted his supper.The Boy Chums in the Gulf of Mexico
Wilmer M. Ely
Word Origin and History for palmetto
1580s, from Spanish palmito "dwarf fan palm tree," diminutive of palma "palm tree," from Latin palma (see palm (n.2)). The suffix was subsequently Italianized. The Palmetto Flag was an emblem of South Carolina after secession (1860); the state was called Palmetto State from at least 1837.