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nipa

[ nee-puh ]

noun

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


nipa

/ ˈnaɪ-; ˈniːpə /

noun

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


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Word History and Origins

Origin of nipa1

1580–90; < New Latin < Malay nipah
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Word History and Origins

Origin of nipa1

C16: from Malay nīpah
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Example Sentences

The species does not grow in nipa swamps, though immediately back of them it will be found well established.

Her hat was of woven nipa palm-leaves, intricately fashioned together.

Koyala led him directly to the clearing and reclined with a sigh of utter weariness in the shade of a stunted nipa palm.

It was nipa within as well as without, the floor and ceiling being of braided bamboo and the walls of the nipa-palm.

On every side buildings crashed down, sending showers of sparks over the inflammable thatched roof of the nipa house.

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