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pandanus

[ pan-dey-nuhs, -dan-uhs ]
/ pænˈdeɪ nəs, -ˈdæn əs /
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noun, plural pan·da·nus·es.
any plant of the genus Pandanus, having sword-shaped leaves arranged in a spiral, comprising the screw pines.
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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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