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n. pl. pal·met·tos or pal·met·toes
1. See saw palmetto.
2. Any of several tropical and subtropical palms of the Americas having fan-shaped leaves, especially one of the genus Sabal, such as the cabbage palm.
3. Leaf strips of any of these plants, used in weaving.
[Spanish palmito, diminutive of palma, palm tree, from Latin; see palm2.]
n, pl -tos or -toes
1. (Plants) any of several small chiefly tropical fan palms, esp any of the genus Sabal, of the southeastern US. See also cabbage palmetto, saw palmetto
2. (Plants) any of various other fan palms such as palms of the genera Serenoa, Thrinax, and Chamaerops
[C16: from Spanish palmito a little palm2]
pal•met•to(pælˈmɛt oʊ, pɑl-, pɑˈmɛt oʊ)
n., pl. -tos, -toes.
any of various palms having fan-shaped leaves, as of the genera Sabal and Serenoa.
n → Palmetto f