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Fan palm  n.  (Bot.) Any palm tree having fan-shaped or radiate leaves; as the Chamaerops humilis of Southern Europe; the species of Sabal and Thrinax in the West Indies, Florida, etc.; and especially the great talipot tree (Corypha umbraculifera) of Ceylon and Malaya. The leaves of the latter are often eighteen feet long and fourteen wide, and are used for umbrellas, tents, and roofs. When cut up, they are used for books and manuscripts.

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"Fan palm" Quotes from Famous Books

... the gravel bank up? Veritable bamboos; and a bamboo-pipe, too, is carrying the trickling cool water into the bath close by. Surely we are in the Tropics. You hear a sudden rattle, as of boards and brown paper, overhead, and find that it is the clashing of the huge leaves of a young fan palm, {78a} growing not ten feet from the window. It has no stem as yet; and the lower leaves have to be trimmed off or they would close up the path, so that only the great forked green butts of them are left, bound to each other by natural matting: but overhead they range out nobly ...
— At Last • Charles Kingsley

Words linked to "Fan palm" :   talipot, Serenoa repens, broom palm, longar palm, palmyra, Thrinax keyensis, Copernicia alba, thatch tree, caranday, silver thatch, palm tree, Corypha utan, key palm, toddy palm, thatch palm, palmyra palm, Copernicia australis, miniature fan palm, silvertop palmetto, gebang palm, caranda, Thrinax parviflora

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