noun Bo·ras·sus \bəˈrasəs\

Definition of Borassus

  1. :  a monotypic genus of sugar palms native to tropical Africa and naturalized throughout the tropics and having fan-shaped leaves and very hard wood — see palmyra

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Origin and Etymology of borassus

New Latin, from Greek borassos date palm spadix with immature fruit

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a trip made at another's expense

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