noun \pal-ˈme-(ˌ)tō also pä-, päl-, p-, pl-\
plural pal·met·tos or pal·met·toes

Definition of PALMETTO

:  any of several usually low-growing fan-leaved palms; especially :  cabbage palmetto
:  strips of the leaf blade of a palmetto used in weaving

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Origin of PALMETTO

modification of Spanish palmito, from palma palm, from Latin
First Known Use: 1615

Rhymes with PALMETTO


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Tree (Sabal palmetto) of the palm family, occurring in the southeastern U.S. and the West Indies. Commonly grown for shade and as ornamentals along avenues, palmettos grow to about 80 ft (24 m) tall and have fan-shaped leaves. The water-resistant trunk is used as wharf piling. Mats and baskets are sometimes made from the leaves, and stiff brushes are made from the stems. The buds are edible. S. texana, a similar species, occurs in the southwestern U.S. and in Mexico.

Variants of PALMETTO

palmetto or cabbage palmetto


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