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[pal-met-oh, pahl-, pah-met-oh] /pælˈmɛt oʊ, pɑl-, pɑˈmɛt oʊ/

noun, plural palmettos, palmettoes.
any of various palms having fan-shaped leaves, as of the genera Sabal, Serenoa, and Thrinax.
noun (pl) -tos, -toes
any of several small chiefly tropical fan palms, esp any of the genus Sabal, of the southeastern US See also cabbage palmetto, saw palmetto
any of various other fan palms such as palms of the genera Serenoa, Thrinax, and Chamaerops

1580s, from Spanish palmito “dwarf fan palm tree,” diminutive of palma “palm tree,” from Latin palma (see palm (n.2)). The suffix was subsequently Italianized. The Palmetto Flag was an emblem of South Carolina after secession (1860); the state was called Palmetto State from at least 1837.


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    noun 1. the plant family Palmae (or Arecaceae; formerly, Palmaceae), characterized by chiefly tropical evergreen trees or shrubs having large compound leaves in featherlike or fanlike fronds, large clusters of small flowers, and fleshy or dry fruit, and including the palmettos, ornamental palms, and palms that are the source of carnauba wax, coconuts, dates, raffia, […]

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