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royal palm

any of several tall, showy feather palms of the genus Roystonea, as R. regia, having a trunk that is swollen in the middle.
Origin of royal palm
An Americanism dating back to 1860-65 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Their Christmas-tree will be the royal palm; and nipa boughs their mistletoe.

  • royal palm (Oreodoxa regia) is one of the largest palms of this country.

    American Forest Trees

    Henry H. Gibson
  • But the royal palm looks so intensely and exclusively tropical!

    To Cuba and Back Richard Henry Dana
  • Before them towered so high that the stars seemed tangled in its leaves a royal palm, one of the most magnificent trees on earth.

    The Inca Emerald Samuel Scoville
  • Next to the royal palm, the mango is more frequently seen in traveling along railroads or automobile drives than any other tree.

    The History of Cuba, vol. 5 Willis Fletcher Johnson
  • The royal palm Hotel, a cement building, furnishes accommodations for newcomers and guests.

    The History of Cuba, vol. 5 Willis Fletcher Johnson
  • Zircon introduced himself and the boys, and the four retired to the shade of a royal palm to talk.

    The Pirates of Shan Harold Leland Goodwin
  • The most conspicuous tree in the forest was the flat-topped pine, the shaft of which rose like that of a royal palm.

  • He listened; the perfume of the oleanders enveloped him; high under the stars the fronds of a royal palm hung motionless.

    The Firing Line Robert W. Chambers
  • In the west there are swelling hills and gentle valleys, with the royal palm the dominating tree.

British Dictionary definitions for royal palm

royal palm

any of several palm trees of the genus Roystonea, esp R. regia, of tropical America, having a tall trunk with a tuft of feathery pinnate leaves
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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