any of several palms, especially those of the genus Euterpe, having terminal leaf buds that are eaten as a vegetable or in salads.
cabbage tree (def 2).
Historical Examples

In the Wilds of Florida W.H.G. Kingston
Under the Southern Cross Maturin M. Ballou
Journal of an Overland Expedition in Australia Ludwig Leichhardt
The Inca Emerald Samuel Scoville
An Historical Journal of the Transactions at Port Jackson and Norfolk Island John Hunter
The Maroon Mayne Reid
With the World’s Great Travellers, Volume 1 Various
The Kangaroo Hunters Anne Bowman
In the Wilds of Florida W.H.G. Kingston
The Rogue Elephant Elliott Whitney

a West Indian palm, Roystonea (or Oreodoxa) oleracea, whose leaf buds are eaten like cabbage
a similar Brazilian palm, Euterpe oleracea
an Australian palm tree, Livistona australis
any of several plants of the genus Cordyline, grown as ornamentals: family Agavaceae


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