saw palmetto


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

Words nearby saw palmetto

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Example sentences from the Web for saw palmetto

  • 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
  • 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|Credo Harris
  • 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

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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