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screw pine

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noun
  1. any tropical Asian tree or shrub of the genus Pandanus, having a palmlike or branched stem, long, narrow, rigid, spirally arranged leaves and aerial roots, and bearing an edible fruit.

Origin of screw pine

First recorded in 1830–40
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Historical Examples

  • The orang had grasped a screw-pine, and he held on, but he struggled no more.

    Four Young Explorers

    Oliver Optic

  • The material used is toquilla straw, the mid-rib of the screw-pine (Carlodovica palmata).

    Commercial Geography

    Jacques W. Redway

  • Most of these parasols, prepared from the leaves of the screw-pine, are imported hither from China.


British Dictionary definitions for screw pine

screw pine

noun
  1. any of various pandanaceous plants of the Old World tropical genus Pandanus, having a spiral mass of pineapple-like leaves and heavy conelike fruits
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