talipot

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n talipot tall palm of southern India and Sri Lanka with gigantic leaves used as umbrellas and fans or cut into strips for writing paper
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Talipot (Bot) A beautiful tropical palm tree (Corypha umbraculifera), a native of Ceylon and the Malabar coast. It has a trunk sixty or seventy feet high, bearing a crown of gigantic fan-shaped leaves which are used as umbrellas and as fans in ceremonial processions, and, when cut into strips, as a substitute for writing paper.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n talipot An important fan-leafed palm, Corypha umbraculifera, native in Ceylon, on the Malabar coast, and elsewhere. It has at maturity a straight cylindrical ringed trunk 60 or 70 feet high, crowned with a tuft of circular or elliptical leaves 13 feet or more in diameter, composed of radiating plaited segments united except at the border, and borne on prickly stalks 6 or 7 feet long. The trunk does not develop, however, till the plant is about thirty years old, the leaves till then springing from near the ground. It then rises rapidly, and from the summit produces a pyramidal panicle 30 feet high, with yellowish-green flowers so unpleasantly odorous that the tree is sometimes felled at this stage. After maturing its fruit, which requires fourteen months, the tree dies. The leaves are used for covering houses, making umbrellas and fans, and frequently in the place of writing-paper. They are borne before people of rank among the Cingalese. Other names are basket palm, shreetalum.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Talipot tal′i-pot an East Indian palm with fan-shaped leaves
    • Talipot Also Tal′iput, Tal′ipat
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Hind. tālpāt, the leaf of the tree

Usage

In literature:

The most extraordinary in the list of palms is the talipot.
"Eight Years' Wandering in Ceylon" by Samuel White Baker
Deer-hides were pegged down to form a carpet upon the floors, and the walls were neatly covered with talipot leaves.
"The Rifle and The Hound in Ceylon" by Samuel White Baker
The library of the temple held many richly bound Buddhist books, written on leaves made from the talipot palm.
"Travels in the Far East" by Ellen Mary Hayes Peck
The talipot palm is the queen of its tribe.
"The Pearl of India" by Maturin M. Ballou
How different to the old talipot-leaf, and the dirty little mud hut!
"Harper's Magazine, Vol III, June 1851" by Various
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In poetry:

And there the palms, the talipot with its lofty blossom-spire,
The cocoanut and the slim areca listening await
What sorceries of his trembling rays of equatorial fire
Will next be laid upon some lesser mate.
"In A Tropical Garden" by Cale Young Rice