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palmetto

[ pal-met-oh, pahl-, pah-met-oh ]
/ pælˈmɛt oʊ, pɑl-, pɑˈmɛt oʊ /
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noun, plural pal·met·tos, pal·met·toes.

any of various palms having fan-shaped leaves, as of the genera Sabal, Serenoa, and Thrinax.

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Origin of palmetto

1555–65; earlier palmito<Spanish, diminutive of palmapalm2; -etto by association with -ette
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British Dictionary definitions for palmetto

palmetto
/ (pælˈmɛtəʊ) /

noun plural -tos or -toes

any of several small chiefly tropical fan palms, esp any of the genus Sabal, of the southeastern USSee also cabbage palmetto, saw palmetto
any of various other fan palms such as palms of the genera Serenoa, Thrinax, and Chamaerops

Word Origin for palmetto

C16: from Spanish palmito a little palm ²
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