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nipa

[ nee-puh ]
/ ˈni pə /
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noun

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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British Dictionary definitions for nipa

nipa
/ (ˈniːpə, ˈnaɪ-) /

noun

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
C16: from Malay nīpah
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