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

1580–90; < New Latin < Malay nipah
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Historical Examples of nipa

  • Their Christmas-tree will be the royal palm; and nipa boughs their mistletoe.

    The Great White Tribe in Filipinia

    Paul T. Gilbert

  • The windows are of translucent shell, while the door is of nipa or wood.

    The Critic in the Orient

    George Hamlin Fitch

  • Each picks out his own little roof of nipa, tile, zinc, or palm.

  • For the latter, however, nipa palm and cógon grass are preferred.

    The Philippine Islands

    Ramon Reyes Lala

  • There are, besides, 100 Indian huts (chozas) constructed of the nipa palm.

British Dictionary definitions for nipa


  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 Origin for nipa

C16: from Malay nīpah
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