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Panama hat

a hat made of finely plaited young leaves of the jipijapa, a palmlike plant of Central and South America.
Also called Panama.
1825-35 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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British Dictionary definitions for panama-hat

Panama hat

(sometimes not capital) a hat made of the plaited leaves of the jipijapa plant of Central and South America Often shortened to panama, Panama
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Word Origin and History for panama-hat
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hat made from the leaves of the screw pine, 1833, a misnomer, since it is originally made in Ecuador, but perhaps so called in Amer.Eng.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.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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