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


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

Origin of jipijapa

1855–60; < American Spanish, after Jipijapa, town in Ecuador
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Historical Examples of jipijapa

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

    Carmen Ariza

    Charles Francis Stocking

British Dictionary definitions for jipijapa



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

Word Origin for jipijapa

American Spanish, after Jipijapa, Ecuador
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