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cabbage palm

any of several palms, especially those of the genus Euterpe, having terminal leaf buds that are eaten as a vegetable or in salads.
cabbage tree (def 2).
Origin of cabbage palm
1765-75 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Just outside the hummock was a cabbage-palm, which, as I have said, abounds in Florida.

    In the Wilds of Florida W.H.G. Kingston
  • Here was also seen the cabbage-palm twenty feet high, imparting a marked tropical aspect to this cool region.

    Under the Southern Cross Maturin M. Ballou
  • Several of my companions suffered by eating too much of the cabbage-palm.

  • Before long they saw in the distance the beautiful plume-like foliage of a cabbage-palm outlined against the sky.

    The Inca Emerald Samuel Scoville
  • The cabbage-palm were in great plenty when I first landed on the island, but, by continual cutting, they were almost destroyed.

  • Had there been no other motive than that to actuate the Jew, Chakra might have rotted under the shadow of the cabbage-palm.

    The Maroon Mayne Reid
  • A stew of the gopher and the terminal buds of the cabbage-palm is a favorite Florida dish.

  • Arthur recognized the cabbage-palm, the slender stem sixty feet in height, with the round tuft of edible leaves at the summit.

    The Kangaroo Hunters Anne Bowman
  • I remembered the cabbage-palm, and determined to climb the first tree of the kind we met with to obtain a cabbage.

    In the Wilds of Florida W.H.G. Kingston
  • There were palms and wild figs in abundance, and with cabbage-palm hearts as a substitute their meat diet was abandoned.

    The Rogue Elephant Elliott Whitney
British Dictionary definitions for cabbage-palm

cabbage palm

a West Indian palm, Roystonea (or Oreodoxa) oleracea, whose leaf buds are eaten like cabbage
a similar Brazilian palm, Euterpe oleracea
an Australian palm tree, Livistona australis
any of several plants of the genus Cordyline, grown as ornamentals: family Agavaceae
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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