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gomuti

[guh-moo-tee] /gəˈmu ti/
noun, plural gomutis.
1.
Also called gomuti palm, sugar palm. a sago palm, Arenga pinnata, of the East Indies, yielding palm sugar.
2.
a black, horsehairlike fiber obtained from this palm, used for making cords, ropes, cables, etc.
Origin
dialectal Malay
1805-1815
1805-15; probably < dialectal Malay (Moluccas) gomuti the stem fibers of the palm; compare Malay gəmuti (spelling gemuti)
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British Dictionary definitions for gomuti palm

gomuti

/ɡəˈmuːtɪ/
noun (pl) gomutis, gomuti palms
1.
an East Indian feather palm, Arenga pinnata, whose sweet sap is a source of sugar
2.
a black wiry fibre obtained from the leafstalks of this plant, used for making rope, etc
3.
a Malaysian sago palm, Metroxylon sagu
Word Origin
from Malay gĕmuti
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