pandanus

noun
pan·​da·​nus | \pan-ˈdā-nəs, -ˈda- \
plural pandani\ pan-​ˈdā-​(ˌ)nī , -​ˈda-​ \

Definition of pandanus 

: screw pine also : a fiber made from screw-pine leaves and used for woven products (such as mats)

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Gin is added to a mixture of the aforementioned duo, as well as pandanus essence, from a tropical plant, and blueberry juice with fresh lemon. Shelbie Lynn Bostedt, RedEye Chicago, "Drink your way to health with these 'nutritious' cocktails," 8 June 2017 Visits to the Godinymayin Yijard Rivers Arts & Culture Centre in Katherine East and the Buku-Larrnggay Mulka Centre in Yirrkala reveal collections of indigenous works, such as colorful bark paintings and intricate pandanus weavings. Ashlea Halpern, The Cut, "12 Epic, All-Inclusive Honeymoon Itineraries," 11 Apr. 2018 Large and small pieces of coral (32 in all) and pandanus fiber arranged in a circle that radiates out from a tiny palm frond canoe — that’s the star compass on display at the Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum in Honolulu. Jill K. Robinson, San Francisco Chronicle, "Stars and waves guide navigation the ancient Polynesian way," 8 Feb. 2018 Pink and white water lilies dot its surface, and paperbark forests, pandanus and fresh water mangroves line its shores. Smithsonian, "Discover more of the Northern Territory's Top End.," 7 Apr. 2017 An intoxicating perfume of jackfruit and bananas and the vanilla-y scent of pandanus leaves wraps itself around me in a warm, tight embrace. Brad A. Johnson, Orange County Register, "Best Vietnamese food in Little Saigon: The top 25 dishes to eat," 27 Jan. 2017 At a handicraft market in downtown Suva, Sarah Naviqa, a shopkeeper, sat in a tiny stall surrounded by mats, bags and fans woven from pandanus leaves. Serena Solomon, New York Times, "In Fiji, Nothing Says ‘I Love You’ Like a Sperm Whale Tooth," 11 Apr. 2017 Pink and white water lilies dot its surface, and paperbark forests, pandanus and fresh water mangroves line its shores. Smithsonian, "Discover more of the Northern Territory's Top End.," 7 Apr. 2017

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First Known Use of pandanus

1830, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for pandanus

New Latin, genus name, from Malay pandan screw pine

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