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Spanish palmita, diminutive of palma (palm)


palmita (plural palmitas)

  1. The European fan palm, a dwarf palm in the genus Chamaerops.
    • 1818, Alexander Gillespie, Gleanings and remarks (page 221)
      A house was soon observed at a distance among the palmitas, to which Francisco and the Indian directed their way, under a pretext of reconnoitering the premises, while the party were charged to remain near a conspicuous tree []
    • 1856, George John Cayley, The bridle roads of Spain (page 99)
      I wrote my journal, and grubbed up what I supposed to be a palmita-root with my navaja (clasp-knife).