- a palm having fan-shaped leaves, as the talipot.
- Chinese fan palm.
Origin of fan palm
An Americanism dating back to 1810–20
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Examples from the Web for fan palm
Here and there rose a fan-palm and a banyan, and the wood-oil tree was at home on rocky ground.Three Years in Western China
Fan-palm, a name sometimes given to the talipot palm or Corўpha umbraculifĕra, a native of Ceylon and Malabar.The New Gresham Encyclopedia
Hot-houses for delicate plants are hardly needed in winter, and the fan-palm flourishes as it does at Singapore.Due West
Maturin Murray Ballou
Above rustled the mimosa, the fan-palm, and the feathery pippala, Buddha's tree.The Influence of Buddhism on Primitive Christianity
The beach was lined with the areca, or fan-palm tree, from which the well-known liquor called toddy is procured.Narrative of a Survey of the Intertropical and Western Coasts of Australia
Phillip Parker King
- any of various palm trees, such as the talipot and palmetto, that have fan-shaped leavesCompare feather palm
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