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jipijapa

[hee-pee-hah-pah, -puh] /ˌhi piˈhɑ pɑ, -pə/
noun
1.
Also called Panama-hat plant. a tropical American, palmlike plant, Carludovica palmata.
2.
a Panama hat made from the young leaves of this plant.
Origin of jipijapa
1855-1860
1855-60; < American Spanish, after Jipijapa, town in Ecuador
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  • Here and there Josè could see dignified looking men, dressed in white cotton, and wearing straw––jipijapa––hats.

    Carmen Ariza Charles Francis Stocking
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jipijapa

/ˌhiːpiːˈhɑːpɑː/
noun
1.
a palmlike plant, Carludovica palmata, of Central and South America, whose fanlike leaves are bleached for making panama hats: family Cyclanthaceae
Word Origin
American Spanish, after Jipijapa, Ecuador
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