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  1. a tall palm, Corypha umbraculifera, of southern India and Ceylon, having large fronds used for making fans and umbrellas, for covering houses, and in place of writing paper: also grown as an ornamental.
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Origin of talipot

1675–85; < Malay talipatSanskrit tālapattra, equivalent to tāla fan palm + pattra leaf
Also called talipot palm.
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Historical Examples of talipot

  • The lines are either hemp, cotton, or the fibre of the talipot palm (Caryota urens), which is obtained by maceration.

    Castes and Tribes of Southern India

    Edgar Thurston

  • Fan-palm, a name sometimes given to the talipot palm or Corўpha umbraculifĕra, a native of Ceylon and Malabar.

  • There is one palm tree here––the talipot––that blooms when about forty years old with a loud noise and immegiately dies.

  • In Orissa, till lately, writing was done on a talipot palm-leaf, on which the letters were scratched with an iron stylus.

  • The library of the temple held many richly bound Buddhist books, written on leaves made from the talipot palm.

    Travels in the Far East

    Ellen Mary Hayes Peck

British Dictionary definitions for talipot


talipot palm

  1. a palm tree, Corypha umbraculifera, of the East Indies, having large leaves that are used for fans, thatching houses, etc
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Word Origin for talipot

C17: from Bengali: palm leaf, from Sanskrit tālī fan palm + pattra leaf
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