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gomuti

[guh-moo-tee]
noun, plural go·mu·tis.
  1. Also called gomuti palm, sugar palm. a sago palm, Arenga pinnata, of the East Indies, yielding palm sugar.
  2. a black, horsehairlike fiber obtained from this palm, used for making cords, ropes, cables, etc.
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Origin of gomuti

1805–15; probably < dialectal Malay (Moluccas) gomuti the stem fibers of the palm; compare Malay gəmuti (spelling gemuti)
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Historical Examples

  • The Gomuti tinder of the Eastern Archipelago is the hair of a palm.

    The Art of Travel

    Francis Galton


British Dictionary definitions for gomuti

gomuti

gomuti palm

noun plural gomutis or gomuti palms
  1. an East Indian feather palm, Arenga pinnata, whose sweet sap is a source of sugar
  2. a black wiry fibre obtained from the leafstalks of this plant, used for making rope, etc
  3. a Malaysian sago palm, Metroxylon sagu
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Word Origin

from Malay gĕmuti
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