chonta

noun

chon·​ta
ˈchäntə,
-ȯn-
plural -s
1
: any of several palms with hard durable wood used in making implements and weapons: such as
a
: any of various tropical American palms of the genera Guilielma and Astrocaryum compare tucum
b
: a palm (Juania australis) of the southern Pacific
2
or less commonly chontawood
-ˌ⸗
: the wood of a chonta

Word History

Etymology

American Spanish, from Quechua chunta palm tree

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“Chonta.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/chonta. Accessed 26 Mar. 2023.

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