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saw palmetto

noun
1.
a shrublike palmetto, Serenoa repens, of the palm family, native to the southern U.S., having green or blue leafstalks set with spiny teeth.
2.
a tall palm, Acoelorraphe wrightii, of Florida and the West Indies.
Origin of saw palmetto
1790-1800
1790-1800, Americanism
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  • Very well; now, break a fan from that saw-palmetto and sweep a place for me on the ground—that way.

    The Firing Line Robert W. Chambers
  • I put out my hand and felt the ragged edge of saw-palmetto, then slipped in behind him, moving scarcely more than a yard a minute.

    Wings of the Wind Credo Harris
  • The gobbler got back to land, and led us a fruitless chase into the thicket of saw-palmetto.

    Voyage of the Paper Canoe Nathaniel H. Bishop
British Dictionary definitions for saw-palmetto

saw palmetto

noun
1.
any of several dwarf prickly palms, esp any of the genus Sabal, of the southeastern US
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