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jipijapa

[ hee-pee-hah-pah, -puh ]

noun

  1. Also called Panama-hat plant. a tropical American, palmlike plant, Carludovica palmata.
  2. a Panama hat made from the young leaves of this plant.


jipijapa

/ ˌhiːpiːˈhɑːpɑː /

noun

  1. a palmlike plant, Carludovica palmata, of Central and South America, whose fanlike leaves are bleached for making panama hats: family Cyclanthaceae


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Word History and Origins

Origin of jipijapa1

First recorded in 1855–60; from Latin American Spanish, after Jipijapa, a town in Ecuador

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Word History and Origins

Origin of jipijapa1

American Spanish, after Jipijapa, Ecuador

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Example Sentences

De all procede el nombre jipijapa, o jipis, con que todos ellos son conocidos en el mundo entero.

Here and there Josè could see dignified looking men, dressed in white cotton, and wearing straw––jipijapa––hats.

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