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)


  • As the little cavalcade proceeded, the Indian guide, who wore a peaked plaited straw hat called jipijapa, a pair of white cotton pantaloons, and a heavy-bladed knife -- a machete -- hanging at his waist, with his machete occasionally slashed off a cane, to suck.

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  • Paulina Reyes of kate spade new york fashioned handbags from jipijapa, a fiber made of palm leaves.

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  • At such events, Castro collected money in an oversized farmer's hat, a jipijapa, and not a military beret.

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  • They also have colorful gift shop filled with traditional arts and crafts, such as slate carvings, wood carvings, jipijapa baskets, calabash, Mopan Maya clothing, and jewelry.

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  • Songdog is the son of Mrs. Hat; I regret to say that he himself does not wear hats on a regular basis, but I hope to inculcate a fondness for them into the new addition to the family, in part by repeating what my own beloved Daddy Joe my dad's father used to tell me: "This is a genu-wine Panama from Ecuador, made from the leaves of the jipijapa tree." STEPGRANDFATHER.

  • En este informe se describer algunas de las pajas y hojas usadas normalmente en la artesania, tales como la paja iraca y la jipijapa, la paja de techar de tipo grande y de tipo plateado, el arbusto pandanus, la hierba vetiver y las hojas de cocotero.

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  • And here comes Captain Tiago, dressed like the sporting man, in a canton flannel shirt, woollen trousers, and a jipijapa hat.

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  • Everybody put on his gala dress; all the jewels came out of their coffers; the fops and sporting men wore rows of diamond buttons on their shirt fronts, heavy gold chains, and white jipijapa hats, as the Indians call Panamas.

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