- any of several tropical Old World palms, as of the genera Metroxylon and Caryota, that yield sago.
- a cycad, Cycas revoluta, of Japan, having a crown of glossy, fernlike leaves, grown as an ornamental.
Origin of sago palm
First recorded in 1760–70
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Examples from the Web for sago palm
It is the starchy pith of a kind of palm-tree—the sago-palm.Wealth of the World's Waste Places and Oceania
Jewett Castello Gilson
Ernest had discovered a sago-palm, and had, after much labor, contrived to fell it.The Swiss Family Robinson
Johann David Wyss
The trees were now not the lesser growths of bamboo, lime and sago-palm that covered the foot-hills.The Jungle Girl
The ears were decorated with shreds of the sago-palm or with grey seeds.
Among their fruit-trees are the sago-palm, the coco-nut palm, and the bread-fruit tree.
- any of various tropical Asian palm trees, esp any of the genera Metroxylon, Arenga, and Caryota, the trunks of which yield sago
- any of several palmlike cycads that yield sago, esp Cycas revoluta
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