• WordNet 3.6
    • n Corypha large fan palms of tropical Asia to Australia
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n corypha A genus of palms with gigantic fan-shaped leaves, natives of tropical Asia. The principal species are C. Taliera of Bengal, and C. umbraculifera, the talipot-palm of Ceylon. The leaves of the former are used by the natives to write upon, and of the pith of the latter a sort of bread is made. See fan-palm, talipot-palm.
    • n corypha In zoology, a genus of African larks: a synonym of Megalophonus. C. apiatus is an example.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Corypha kor′i-fa a genus of tropical Asian palms with fan-shaped leaves.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr. koryphē, the top.


In literature:

The gullies were full of bush-trees, amongst which the Bottle-tree, and the Corypha-palm were frequent.
"Journal of an Overland Expedition in Australia" by Ludwig Leichhardt
It is found in the dense brushes along with three other palms, Seaforthia, Corypha, and Calamus.
"Narrative Of The Voyage Of H.M.S. Rattlesnake, Commanded By The Late Captain Owen Stanley, R.N., F.R.S. Etc. During The Years 1846-1850. Including Discoveries And Surveys In New Guinea, The Louisiade Archipelago, Etc. To Which Is Added The Account Of Mr. E.B. Kennedy's Expedition For The Exploration Of The Cape York Peninsula. By John Macgillivray, F.R.G.S. Naturalist To The Expedition. In Two Volumes. Volume 1." by John MacGillivray