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cabbage palmetto

  1. a fan palm, Sabal palmetto, of the southeastern U.S.: the state tree of Florida and South Carolina.
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Origin of cabbage palmetto

An Americanism dating back to 1795–1805
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Examples from the Web for cabbage palmetto

Historical Examples

  • Here the cabbage-palmetto and hard-wood trees rear their tops high in the air—a characteristic of the rich hummock soil.

    Petals Plucked from Sunny Climes

    Sylvia Sunshine

  • The cypress, ash, and cabbage-palmetto grow on the banks above Pilatka.

British Dictionary definitions for cabbage palmetto

cabbage palmetto

  1. a tropical American fan palm, Sabal palmetto, with edible leaf buds and leaves used in thatching
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