Definition of Palmetto

1. Noun. Any of several low-growing palms with fan-shaped leaves.

Generic synonyms: Fan Palm
Specialized synonyms: Cabbage Palm, Cabbage Palmetto, Sabal Palmetto



Definition of Palmetto

1. n. A name given to palms of several genera and species growing in the West Indies and the Southern United States. In the United States, the name is applied especially to the Chamærops, or Sabal, Palmetto, the cabbage tree of Florida and the Carolinas. See Cabbage tree, under Cabbage.

Definition of Palmetto

1. Noun. (botany) Two closely related genera of New World palms, of the family ''Arecaceae''; '''(a)''' ''Serenoa repens'' or the saw palmetto is the only species of its genus; it has certain medicinal uses; '''(b)''' ''Sabul'', represented by about 15 species, some known commonly as palmettos, others as fan palms. ¹

2. Noun. A native or resident of the American state of South Carolina (female: '''Palmetta'''). ¹

3. Adjective. Of or pertaining to a palmetto palm. ¹

4. Adjective. Of or pertaining the the US state of South Carolina, as the Palmetto State. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Palmetto

1. a tropical tree [n -TOS or -TOES]

Medical Definition of Palmetto

1. A name given to palms of several genera and species growing in the West Indies and the Southern United States. In the United States, the name is applied especially to the Chamaerops, or Sabal, Palmetto, the cabbage tree of Florida and the Carolinas. See Cabbage tree, under Cabbage. Royal palmetto, the West Indian Sabal umbraculifera, the trunk of which, when hollowed, is used for water pipes, etc. The leaves are used for thatching, and for making hats, ropes, etc. Saw palmetto, Sabal serrulata, a native of Georgia, South Carolina, and Florida. The nearly impassable jungle which it forms is called palmetto scrub. Origin: Dim. Of palm the tree: cf. Sp. Palmito. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Palmetto

palmature
palmchat
palmchats
palmcorder
palmcorders
palmcrist
palmcrists
palmed
palmellin
palmer
palmers
palmerworm
palmerworms
palmette
palmettes
palmetto (current term)
palmetto bug
palmetto bugs
palmettoes
palmettos
palmful
palmfuls
palmic
palmic acid
palmidactyles
palmie
palmier
palmierite
palmiers
palmies

Literary usage of Palmetto

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1. Cyclopedia of American Horticulture: Comprising Suggestions for Cultivation by Liberty Hyde Bailey, Wilhelm Miller (1902)
"The Cabbage palmetto (Sabal palmetto) grows in groups of a few (specimens to several hundreds ... The Cabbage palmetto thrives even in the poor sandy soil, ..."

2. Life and Correspondence of John A. Quitman, Major-general, U.S.A., and by John Francis Hamtramck Claiborne (1860)
"Notwithstanding the glorious recollections which crowd on my memory when standing among the remnant of the palmetto Regiment, I can not at once divest ..."

3. Report of the Secretary of Agriculture by United States Dept. of Agriculture (1880)
"palmetto.—The palmetto is only represented in the Museum by samples of its fan-like leaves and simple stalks, which are very ..."

4. Manual of therapeutics by Parke, Davis & Company, Davis & Company Parke (1909)
"Soluble Elastic Capsule Kaiv palmetto and Santal (No. 91). ... Sabal (Saw palmetto berries), 4 grs. Saw palmetto and Santal Compound (No. 124). ..."

5. The American Cyclopaedia: A Popular Dictionary of General Knowledge by George Ripley, Charles Anderson Dana (1883)
"The largest species is the tall palmetto or cabbage palmetto, tabal palmetto; the meaning of the generic name does not seem to be understood. ..."

6. The Journal of Heredity by American Genetic Association (1917)
"The prospective value of the Texas palmetto for ornamental planting in streets, ... The single remaining grove of the Texas palmetto, preserved in its ..."

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