- a tall palm, Corypha umbraculifera, of southern India and Ceylon, having large fronds used for making fans and umbrellas, for covering houses, and in place of writing paper: also grown as an ornamental.
Origin of talipot
1675–85; < Malay talipat ≪ Sanskrit tālapattra, equivalent to tāla fan palm + pattra leaf
Also called talipot palm.
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Examples from the Web for talipot
The lines are either hemp, cotton, or the fibre of the talipot palm (Caryota urens), which is obtained by maceration.Castes and Tribes of Southern India
Fan-palm, a name sometimes given to the talipot palm or Corўpha umbraculifĕra, a native of Ceylon and Malabar.The New Gresham Encyclopedia
There is one palm tree here––the talipot––that blooms when about forty years old with a loud noise and immegiately dies.Around the World with Josiah Allen's Wife
In Orissa, till lately, writing was done on a talipot palm-leaf, on which the letters were scratched with an iron stylus.
The library of the temple held many richly bound Buddhist books, written on leaves made from the talipot palm.Travels in the Far East
Ellen Mary Hayes Peck
- a palm tree, Corypha umbraculifera, of the East Indies, having large leaves that are used for fans, thatching houses, etc
C17: from Bengali: palm leaf, from Sanskrit tālī fan palm + pattra leaf
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