Try Our Apps


Better words for love

saw palmetto

a shrublike palmetto, Serenoa repens, of the palm family, native to the southern U.S., having green or blue leafstalks set with spiny teeth.
a tall palm, Acoelorraphe wrightii, of Florida and the West Indies.
Origin of saw palmetto
1790-1800, Americanism Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for saw-palmetto
Historical Examples
  • 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

any of several dwarf prickly palms, esp any of the genus Sabal, of the southeastern US
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for saw palmetto

Few English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for saw

Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for saw-palmetto