jipijapa

noun

ji·​pi·​ja·​pa ˌhē-pē-ˈhä-pə How to pronounce jipijapa (audio)
1
: a palmlike Central and South American plant (Carludovica palmata of the family Cyclanthaceae) with leaves used especially to make Panama hats
2
: panama

Word History

Etymology

Spanish, from Jipijapa, Ecuador

First Known Use

1858, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of jipijapa was in 1858

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Cite this Entry

“Jipijapa.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/jipijapa. Accessed 23 Apr. 2024.

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