palmetto

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n palmetto any of several low-growing palms with fan-shaped leaves
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Palmetto (Bot) 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 PalmettoorSabal Palmetto, the cabbage tree of Florida and the Carolinas. See Cabbage tree, under Cabbage.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n palmetto Any one of several fan-leafed palms of different genera. The one most properly so called is Sabal Palmetto, the cabbage-palmetto, a tree from 20 to 35 feet high, abounding on the southeast coast of the United States. It forms part of the device in the seal and flag of South Carolina, the Palmetto State. Its wood is not attacked by the teredo and is very durable under water, and is therefore much used for piles and wharves. The fibrous leaves of this and the dwarf palmetto, S. Adansoni, are made into hats, baskets, and fans, and also furnish an upholstering material. The palmetto, or hemp-palm, of southern Europe and North Africa, is Chamærops humilis, a dwarf species, affording abundant fiber, consumed chiefly as “vegetable horsehair.” The same names are given to the Chinese Trachycarpus excelsa, whose leafstalks on decaying leave a fibrous matter of textile use.
    • n palmetto Same as silk-top palmetto.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Palmetto pal-met′ō a name for several fan-palms, esp. the cabbage-palm of Florida, &c.: a hat made of palmetto-leaves.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Dim. of palm, the tree: cf. Sp. palmito,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Sp.,—L. palma.

Usage

In literature:

The country on approaching Selinunte is a dreary plain covered with the palmetto.
"Knickerbocker, or New-York Monthly Magazine, March 1844" by Various
Here there was no underwood, either of cane or palmettoes.
"The Boy Hunters" by Captain Mayne Reid
Right by the bunch o' palmetto, jest whar I left him.
"The Lone Ranche" by Captain Mayne Reid
Palmetto logs accept and retain balls for many years, and are therefore good for forts.
"Comic History of the United States" by Bill Nye
I saw palmetto-trees for the first time on this drive near enough to know what they really looked like.
"Letters from Port Royal" by Various
To the whole scene the dwarf palmetto gives a semi-tropic aspect.
"Lippincott's Magazine, Vol. 26, August, 1880" by Various
Then Tobey went over to sit down upon the palmetto log behind which Joe Hawkridge still sprawled like a turtle.
"Blackbeard: Buccaneer" by Ralph D. Paine
Palmettoes, roses, etc., made our chapel a place of beauty.
"The American Missionary -- Volume 48, No. 7, July, 1894" by Various
That touch of blue sea beyond the red roofs and green palmetto fronds gave her mind wings for a moment and a world to fly through.
"The Ghost Girl" by H. De Vere Stacpoole
Lays of the Palmetto.
"Southern Literature From 1579-1895" by Louise Manly
This way for the Palmetto Special.
"A Young Man in a Hurry" by Robert W. Chambers
Then, he bound both shells tightly together with wisps of green palmetto leaves.
"The Boy Chums in the Forest" by Wilmer M. Ely
Leaving Aurore among the palmettoes.
"The Quadroon" by Mayne Reid
South Carolina, the Palmetto State.
"Key-Notes of American Liberty" by Various
By a last effort Canondah drew her burthen out of the palmettos, and then threw herself down by the side of her friend.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 59, No. 367, May 1846" by Various
No much palmetto; we slip up good.
"Wings of the Wind" by Credo Harris
Johnny and Yank were backed up against the palmetto awning of one of the boats in an attitude of deadly and quiet menace.
"Gold" by Stewart White
Set in among a grove of scrub palmetto trees was a spring.
"The Go Ahead Boys and the Treasure Cave" by Ross Kay
He puts spurs to his horse and gallops back to the palmetto fort.
"Hero Stories from American History" by Albert F. Blaisdell
The low, gray palmetto leaves were curled and faint.
"Stories by American Authors, Volume 8" by Various
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In poetry:

Dark orange flames came leering through the pines,
And then the moon's face, struggling with a sneeze,
Along the flat horizon's level lines
Her nostrils fingered with palmetto trees.
"Hag-Hollerin' Time" by William Hervey Allen Jr
I'll settle them pleasantly on the Savannah,
With Germans and Highlanders, thrifty and strong.
They shall eat Georgia peaches in huts of palmetto,
And their land shall be fertile, their days shall be long.
"Southern Ships And Settlers" by Stephen Vincent Benet
I guess the new Palmetto flag, an' eke the Stripes an' Stars,
On Crimean or Italian plains, or rebel Indian wars,
Wad waver't in your 'prentice haun, ye blusterin' haveral chiel;
If ye maun fecht, just fecht at hame, ye maunna gang a-fiel'.
"Advice Tae Brither Jonathan" by Janet Hamilton
Within these sumptuous woods she lies at ease,
By rich night-breezes, dewy cool, caressed:
'Twixt cypresses and slim palmetto trees,
Like to the golden oriole's hanging nest,
Her airy hammock swings,
And through the dark her mocking-bird yet sings.
"The South" by Emma Lazarus

In news:

Historic Palmetto train depot opens.
Everett Griffith, Jr of Palmetto .
None hurt as train collides with semi in Palmetto .
Palmetto Youth League has holiday celebration.
5 Newman at Palmetto Cup.
Lowest Gas Prices in Palmetto .
The Florida Department of Transportation and the Miami-Dade County Expressway are planning future improvements to the Palmetto Expressway from I-75 to the Golden Glades Interchange at I-95.
Palmetto Restaurant and Lounge.
Palmetto Scorecard How the candidates did in the extended format.
Local Palmetto Club Dog Members.
Boots is a 0-year-old Shih Tzu from palmetto , FL.
Lilly is a 2-year-old Mixed Breed from palmetto , FL.
Twister is a 8-year-old Yorkshire Terrier from PALMETTO , FL.
Palmetto Rod Worx 308 B Fretwell Drive Anderson, SC 29626 palmettorodworx.com.
If the name Palmetto Rod Worx doesn't ring a bell, take a look back at our last issue.
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