screw pine

screw pine

noun
any tropical Asian tree or shrub of the genus Pandanus, having a palmlike or branched stem, long, narrow, rigid, spirally arranged leaves and aerial roots, and bearing an edible fruit.

Origin:
1830–40

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screw pine
 
n
any of various pandanaceous plants of the Old World tropical genus Pandanus, having a spiral mass of pineapple-like leaves and heavy conelike fruits

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screw pine

any of some 600 tropical species of Old World trees and shrubs of the screw pine family, Pandanaceae. Pandanus trees typically have slender palmlike stems and produce from their trunks and stems aerial prop roots that are often huge; these, together with their terminal crowns of swordlike leaves, give the plants a distinctive appearance.

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