cabbage palm



any of several palms, especially those of the genus Euterpe, having terminal leaf buds that are eaten as a vegetable or in salads.

Origin of cabbage palm

First recorded in 1765–75 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for cabbage palm

Historical Examples of cabbage palm

  • Just outside the hummock was a cabbage-palm, which, as I have said, abounds in Florida.

  • Here was also seen the cabbage-palm twenty feet high, imparting a marked tropical aspect to this cool region.

    Under the Southern Cross

    Maturin M. Ballou

  • A stew of the gopher and the terminal buds of the cabbage-palm is a favorite Florida dish.

  • Before long they saw in the distance the beautiful plume-like foliage of a cabbage-palm outlined against the sky.

    The Inca Emerald

    Samuel Scoville

  • Had there been no other motive than that to actuate the Jew, Chakra might have rotted under the shadow of the cabbage-palm.

    The Maroon

    Mayne Reid

British Dictionary definitions for cabbage palm

cabbage palm

cabbage tree


a West Indian palm, Roystonea (or Oreodoxa) oleracea, whose leaf buds are eaten like cabbage
a similar Brazilian palm, Euterpe oleracea
an Australian palm tree, Livistona australis
any of several plants of the genus Cordyline, grown as ornamentals: family Agavaceae
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