any of several tall, showy feather palms of the genus Roystonea, as R. regia, having a trunk that is swollen in the middle.
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Origin of royal palm
An Americanism dating back to 1860–65
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British Dictionary definitions for royal palm
any of several palm trees of the genus Roystonea, esp R. regia, of tropical America, having a tall trunk with a tuft of feathery pinnate leaves
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