sago palm


Definition of sago palm

: a plant that yields sago: such as
a : any of various large pinnate-leaved palms (genus Metroxylon) of tropical southeastern Asia and especially one (M. sagu) that is the main source of commercially-produced sago
b : a cycad (Cycas revoluta) of subtropical Japan with palmlike fronds that is often grown in warm regions as an ornamental plant and has leaves and seeds toxic especially to animals

Examples of sago palm in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This is a sago palm, not a true palm, but a lookalike, also known as a Cycad. Neil Sperry, San Antonio Express-News, 11 June 2021 Some plants to avoid are calla lily, sago palm, azalea and rhododendron, among others. Star Tribune, 28 May 2021 Maisy and Murphy started receiving treatments to combat the effects of the sago palm less than two hours after ingesting the plant's seeds. Kelli Bender,, 28 Apr. 2021 Last year, every single frond on my sago palm turned brown and died. Steve Bender, Southern Living, 4 Mar. 2021 Because of drought and water-use restrictions, it has been used in recent years as a decorative planter, with flowers and sago palms. Scott Huddleston,, 10 Apr. 2020 Problem: Drafty Windows (or Strong Air Conditioning) Solution: Jade plant (Crassula ovata), philodendron (Philodendron; picutred), and sago palm (Cycas revoluta) are all tough plants that can tolerate a breezy chill here and there. Heather Arndt Anderson, Sunset Magazine, 14 Jan. 2020 Native to southern Japan and the Ryukyu Islands, cycads -- also known as Japanese sago palm -- are only found on steep limestone cliffs and are native to warmer parts of the world. Amy Woodyatt, CNN, 22 Aug. 2019 The extended cold front that rocked New Orleans in January may be gone, but its frost have had a lingering effect: sago palm fronds are in startlingly short supply, reports The Clarion Ledger. Hanna Krueger,, 18 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of sago palm

1769, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of sago palm was in 1769

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Medical Definition of sago palm

: a plant that yields sago especially : any of various lofty pinnate-leaved Malaysian palms (genus Metroxylon)

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