buriti palm


bu·​ri·​ti palm
variants or less commonly buriti or burity palm or burity
plural buriti palms also buritis or burities or burity palms
: a large fan palm (Mauritia flexuosa synonym M. vinifera) chiefly of Brazil that has a reddish fruit with edible seeds and orange-yellow oily pulp and stems that yield a useful fiber

called also ita palm, moriche palm

Word History


Portuguese buriti

First Known Use

1825, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of buriti palm was in 1825

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“Buriti palm.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/buriti%20palm. Accessed 12 Apr. 2024.

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