• WordNet 3.6
    • n Acrocomia Central and South American feather palms
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n acrocomia A genus of tropical American palms, allied to the cocoa-palm, with a tall prickly trunk, sometimes swollen in the middle, bearing a tuft of very large pinnate leaves. A. sclerocarpa is widely distributed through South America, and yields a small round fruit with thin, sweetish pulp and an edible kernel. The young leaves are eaten as a vegetable, and a sweet, fragrant oil is extracted from the nuts, which is used as an emollient and in the manufacture of toilet-soaps. See macaw-tree.
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