from The Century Dictionary.
- noun One of various palms whose leaves are suitable for thatching, particularly in the West Indies the royal palmetto. Sabal umbraculifera, and in Lord Howe's Island (Australia) Howea Forsteriana. See
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Huts are now built, roofed with long grass, or the branches of the thatch-palm.
The Western World Picturesque Sketches of Nature and Natural History in North and South America William Henry Giles Kingston 1847