talipot

noun

tal·​i·​pot
ˈtaləˌpät
plural -s
1
or talipot palm : a showy fan palm (Corypha umbraculifera) of Sri Lanka, the Philippines, and the Malabar Coast having a trunk 60 to 100 feet high and bearing a crown of gigantic fan-shaped leaves that are used as umbrellas and fans and when cut into strips as a substitute for writing paper see buntal, olla
2
: a starch obtained from the talipot palm

Word History

Etymology

Bengali tālipōt palm leaf, from Sanskrit tālī book palm + pattra feather, leaf; akin to Sanskrit patati he flies

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“Talipot.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/talipot. Accessed 20 Jun. 2024.

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