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screw pine

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 Unabridged
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  • The mid-rib of the screw pine growing in the forests of tropical America furnishes the material of which "Panama" hats are made.

    Commercial Geography

    Jacques W. Redway
British Dictionary definitions for screw pine

screw pine

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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