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noun
a shrublike palmetto, Serenoa repens, of the palm family, native to the southern U.S., having green or blue leafstalks set with spiny teeth.
a tall palm, Acoelorraphe wrightii, of Florida and the West Indies.
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Origin of saw palmetto

An Americanism dating back to 1790–1800

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British Dictionary definitions for saw palmetto

saw palmetto

noun
any of several dwarf prickly palms, esp any of the genus Sabal, of the southeastern US
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Medical definitions for saw palmetto

saw palmetto
[ sô păl-mĕtō ]

n.
A small creeping palm (Serenoa repens) of the southeast United States, whose black, one-seeded fruit is available in dried form as a nonprescription herbal remedy that is supposedly beneficial for disorders of the prostate gland.
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