- 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.
Origin of saw palmetto
An Americanism dating back to 1790–1800
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Examples from the Web for saw palmetto
Very well; now, break a fan from that saw-palmetto and sweep a place for me on the ground—that way.The Firing Line
Robert W. Chambers
I put out my hand and felt the ragged edge of saw-palmetto, then slipped in behind him, moving scarcely more than a yard a minute.Wings of the Wind
The gobbler got back to land, and led us a fruitless chase into the thicket of saw-palmetto.Voyage of the Paper Canoe
Nathaniel H. Bishop
- any of several dwarf prickly palms, esp any of the genus Sabal, of the southeastern US