nipa palm


  • WordNet 3.6
    • n nipa palm any creeping semiaquatic feather palm of the genus Nipa found in mangrove swamps and tidal estuaries; its sap is used for a liquor; leaves are used for thatch; fruit has edible seeds
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In literature:

There are a great many nipa and other palms, although more than twenty thousand palm-trees have been destroyed.
"The Philippine Islands, 1493-1898" by E. H. Blair
Its roof is of nipa, or palm leaves, which are used as roofing for houses.
"The Philippine Islands, 1493-1898, Volume XXIII, 1629-30" by Various
The roof is carefully thatched with the leaves of the nipa-palm and these are sewn into a thick mat with ratan.
"Wealth of the World's Waste Places and Oceania" by Jewett Castello Gilson
The Captain was busy writing in a nipa palm hut a few hundred yards in rear.
"Bamboo Tales" by Ira L. Reeves
Fine concrete dormitories are supplied, but many prefer to build their own native houses of nipa palm and bamboo.
"Wanderings in the Orient" by Albert M. Reese
The capital was then but a small straggling Malay village, consisting of a few nipa-palm houses.
"On the Equator" by Harry de Windt
Each picks out his own little roof of nipa, tile, zinc, or palm.
"An Eagle Flight" by José Rizal
Chahda pulled off the road into a patch of nipa palms, went through the palms, and parked behind a feathery thicket of bamboo.
"The Golden Skull" by John Blaine
Her hat was of woven nipa palm-leaves, intricately fashioned together.
"The Argus Pheasant" by John Charles Beecham
Alcohol is distilled both from sugar and from the juice of the nipa-palm (Nipa fructicans).
"The Inhabitants of the Philippines" by Frederic H. Sawyer
The frame is composed of round and split bamboo, and the covering is generally of what is commonly known as nipa palm.
"Seven Legs Across the Seas" by Samuel Murray