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pandanus

[pan-dey-nuh s, -dan-uh s] /pænˈdeɪ nəs, -ˈdæn əs/
noun, plural pandanuses.
1.
any plant of the genus Pandanus, having sword-shaped leaves arranged in a spiral, comprising the screw pines.
Origin
1770-1780
1770-80; < Neo-Latin, based on Malay pandan name for such plants
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Examples from the web for pandanus
  • 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.
British Dictionary definitions for pandanus

pandanus

/pænˈdeɪnəs/
noun (pl) -nuses
1.
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 See also screw pine
Word Origin
C19: via New Latin from Malay pandan
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Encyclopedia Article for 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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