[pan-dey-nuh s, -dan-uh s]
- any plant of the genus Pandanus, having sword-shaped leaves arranged in a spiral, comprising the screw pines.
Origin of pandanus
1770–80; < New Latin, based on Malay pandan name for such plants
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- 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
C19: via New Latin from Malay pandan