from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A genus of diœcious palms, containing a single species, a native of Africa and extensively cultivated in the East Indies. See palmyra.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun a genus of palm trees including the palmyra (Borassus flabellifer, formerly Borassus flabelliformis).

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  • noun palmyra


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  • The fruit of palmyra tree that is mistakenly called “Sea Coconut” (Nonggu in Tamil) (Borassus flabellifers), which is available during hot and dry season in Penang, South India, Thailand, and a few more countries near the equator, is extremely alkaline.

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  • Terminalia spp. including T. avicennioides, shea nut Butyrospermum parkii, Uapaca somon, Lophira lanceolata, Protea elliotii, Burkea Africana, the nationally threatened Borassus aethiopum (VU), Mitragyna inermis, Entada abyssinica with a grassy ground cover of Andropogon spp.

    Comoé National Park, Côte d'Ivoire

  • As Chinese and Arabic travelers observed, before the introduction of paper, the Indians used bhurja (Baetula bhojpattr), or cotton clothing, or parchments, or tada-tala (Borassus flabelliformis) to write.

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  • Many of these species are also present in the gallery forests, which occupy much of the remaining 30% of the area, and which also support Anogeissus leiocarpus, Borassus aethiopum, Mitragyna inermis, Vitex chrysoclada, and hold Cola laurifolia and Kigelia aethiopum.

    'W' National Park, Niger

  • River bank species also include Khaya senegalensis, Erythrophleum suaveoleus, Ceiba pentandra, Detarium senegalense, Syzygium guineense, Afzelia africana, and Borassus.

    Niokolo-Koba National Park, Senegal

  • Borassus and Corypha palms are good indicators of the seasonal climates that generate deciduous forests in the region.

    Eastern Java-Bali rain forests

  • The dominant savanna tree is lontar palm Borassus flabellifer, which occurs individually or in scattered stands.

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  • Borassus and Corypha palms are good indicators of the seasonal climates that generate deciduous forests in the region.

    Western Java rain forests

  • There are also two types of savanna in this ecoregion: a Borassus flabellifer savanna that occurs from sea level to 400 m on Komodo, Rinca, and the north and south coasts of Flores; and the Ziziphus mauritiana savanna, which occurs on more sandy clay alluvial, and sometimes water-logged, soil.

    Lesser Sundas deciduous forests

  • The northern half of the delta is characterized by emergent sand ridges and the palms Hyphaene thebaica and Borassus aethiopum that occur in higher frequency near villages.

    Inner Niger Delta flooded savanna


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