• WordNet 3.6
    • n Attalea unarmed feather palms of central and northern South America
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n attalea A genus of palms, allied to the cocoanut, natives of tropical America, and distinguished by the fact that the nut contains three cells, each inclosing a single seed. There are about 20 species. The nuts, which hang in great clusters, are egg-shaped, with a very hard and thick pericarp inclosing the edible oily kernels. The pinnate leaves are very large, and are often used for thatching and other purposes. The fibers of the leaf-stalks of A. funifera are made into ropes and brooms. The seeds are nuts called coquilla-nuts; they are 3 or 4 inches long, brown in color, hard, and of sufficient thickness to be turned into door-handles, small cups, etc. The cohune palm, A. Cohune, is the largest palm that is found in Guatemala and Honduras.
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In literature:

Garshin wrote other tales, among them a poetically beautiful story of a tree, "Attalea Princeps," that reminds one somewhat of Bjornson.
"Essays on Russian Novelists" by William Lyon Phelps