[ nee-puh ]
/ ˈni pə /


a palm, Nypa fruticans, of India, the Philippines, etc., whose foliage is used for thatching, basketry, etc.

Origin of nipa

1580–90; < New Latin < Malay nipah Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for nipa

/ (ˈniːpə, ˈnaɪ-) /


a palm tree, Nipa fruticans, of S and SE Asia, having feathery leaves, used for thatching, and edible fruit
the fruit or thatch obtained from this tree
the sap of this tree, used to make a liquor

Word Origin for nipa

C16: from Malay nīpah
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