from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A stemless palmlike plant (Carludovica palmata) of Central and South America, having long-stalked, fanlike leaves that are used to make Panama hats.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A kind of grass used in Ecuador for making hats.
- n. A hat made of the jipi japa grass.
American Spanish, after Jipijapa, a city of western Ecuador.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)