pandanus

[pan-dey-nuhs, -dan-uhs]
noun, plural pandanuses.
any plant of the genus Pandanus, having sword-shaped leaves arranged in a spiral, comprising the screw pines.

Origin:
1770–80; < Neo-Latin, based on Malay pandan name for such plants

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pandanus (pænˈdeɪnəs)
 
n , pl -nuses
See also screw pine any of various Old World tropical palmlike plants of the genus Pandanus, having large aerial prop roots and leaves that yield a fibre used for making mats, etc: family Pandanaceae
 
[C19: via New Latin from Malay pandan]

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pandanus

any of some 600 tropical species of Old World trees and shrubs of the screw pine family, Pandanaceae. Pandanus trees typically have slender palmlike stems and produce from their trunks and stems aerial prop roots that are often huge; these, together with their terminal crowns of swordlike leaves, give the plants a distinctive appearance.

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Example sentences
The restaurant steeps its water with pandanus leaf, which gives it an almond taste.
We no longer have a good supply because many of the pandanus trees have dried up and the leaves are brittle.
The sails were constructed from small sections of pandanus mats woven together in the shape of a triangle.
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