palmetto

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English[edit]

a palmetto (Sabal palmetto)

Etymology[edit]

From Spanish palmito, diminutive of palma (palm tree), from Latin palma.

Noun[edit]

palmetto (plural palmettos or palmettoes)

  1. Any of various fan palms of the family Arecaceae, especially Sabal palmetto or the saw palmetto, Serenoa repens. [from 16th c.]
    • 1727, James Thomson, “Summer”, in The Seasons, London: [] A[ndrew] Millar, and sold by Thomas Cadell, [], published 1768, OCLC 642619686:
      Broad o'er my Head the verdant Cedar wave, / And high Palmetos lift their graceful Shade.
    • 1987, Joan Didion, Miami, Granta 2005, p. 13:
      [O]n the flat coastal swamps of South Florida, where the palmettos once blew over the detritus of a dozen failed booms and the hotels were boarded up six months a year, there has evolved [] a settlement of considerable interest [] .
  2. A hat made of palmetto leaves.
  3. A native or resident of the US state of South Carolina.

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  • (South Carolina native or resident): palmetta (feminine)

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