Panama hat

Panama hat

noun
a hat made of finely plaited young leaves of the jipijapa, a palmlike plant of Central and South America.
Also called Panama.


Origin:
1825–35

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Panama hat
 
n
(sometimes not capital) panama, Often shortened to: Panama a hat made of the plaited leaves of the jipijapa plant of Central and South America

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panama hat
hat made from the leaves of the screw pine, 1833, a misnomer, since it is originally made in Ecuador, but perhaps so called in Amer.Eng. because it was distributed north from Panama City. Panama red as a variety of Central Amer. marijuana is attested from 1967.
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