pandanus

[ pan-dey-nuh s, -dan-uh s ]
/ pænˈdeɪ nəs, -ˈdæn əs /

noun, plural pan·da·nus·es.

any plant of the genus Pandanus, having sword-shaped leaves arranged in a spiral, comprising the screw pines.

Nearby words

  1. panda,
  2. panda car,
  3. panda plant,
  4. pandal,
  5. pandanaceous,
  6. pandarus,
  7. pandavas,
  8. pandean,
  9. pandean pipes,
  10. pandect

Origin of pandanus

1770–80; < New Latin, based on Malay pandan name for such plants

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British Dictionary definitions for pandanus

pandanus

/ (pænˈdeɪnəs) /

noun plural -nuses

any of various Old World tropical palmlike plants of the genus Pandanus, having large aerial prop roots and leaves that yield a fibre used for making mats, etc: family PandanaceaeSee also screw pine

Word Origin for pandanus

C19: via New Latin from Malay pandan

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