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pan·da·nus

 (păn-dā′nəs, -dăn′əs)
n.
Any of numerous tropical trees and shrubs of the genus Pandanus native to Africa, Asia, and islands of the Pacific Ocean, having thick prop roots, edible fruit in some species, and a crown of narrow spiny leaves used as a fiber for weaving mats and similar articles and as a seasoning in cooking. Also called screw pine.

[New Latin Pandanus, genus name, from Malay pandan, pandanus, from Proto-Malayo-Polynesian *paŋdan, from Proto-Austronesian *paŋudan.]

pan′da·na′ceous (păn′də-nā′shəs) adj.

pandanus

(pænˈdeɪnəs)
n, pl -nuses
(Plants) any of various Old World tropical palmlike plants of the genus Pandanus, having large aerial prop roots and leaves that yield a fibre used for making mats, etc: family Pandanaceae. See also screw pine
[C19: via New Latin from Malay pandan]

screw′ pine`


n.
any tropical Asian tree, shrub, or climbing plant of the family Pandanaceae, having long, narrow, spirally arranged leaves and aerial roots.
[1830–40]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.pandanus - fiber from leaves of the pandanus treepandanus - fiber from leaves of the pandanus tree; used for woven articles (such as mats)
natural fiber, natural fibre - fiber derived from plants or animals
2.pandanus - any of various Old World tropical palmlike trees having huge prop roots and edible conelike fruits and leaves like pineapple leaves
genus Pandanus - type genus of the Pandanaceae (as screw pines)
tree - a tall perennial woody plant having a main trunk and branches forming a distinct elevated crown; includes both gymnosperms and angiosperms
References in classic literature ?
At his feet had squatted his three old wives, the oldest of them, toothless and somewhat palsied, ever presenting to his hand, at his head nod, a basket rough-woven of pandanus leaf.
He seized it with his left hand, with a quick pull and twist wrenched it off, and grinningly tossed it, as a joke, into the pandanus basket which still his wife with one hand held before him while with the other she clutched her forehead bleeding from a flying fragment of pistol.
Straight up the beach to a shack under a pandanus tree Raoul headed.
The gust of wind struck the pandanus tree overhead and tore through the palms beyond, flinging half a dozen ripe cocoanuts with heavy thuds to the ground.
The pandanus tree, to which he attached himself, turned over and over in the froth and churn; and it was only by holding on at times and waiting, and at other times shifting his grips rapidly, that he was able to get his head and Ngakura's to the surface at intervals sufficiently near together to keep the breath in them.
It has been stated by some authors that the Birgos crawls up the cocoa-nut trees for the purpose of stealing the nuts: I very much doubt the possibility of this; but with the Pandanus [8] the task would be very much easier.
In a sheltered creek framed by pandanus trees this villa has it's very own open air spa, which looks out over the beach and crashing waves.
The air here is filled with the aroma of pandanus tectorius and Arabian jasmine.
Some parts are arid and desert-like, and others rich in all manner of lush green plant life; pandanus trees weep under the sun, manicured mango farms and enormous termite cathedrals line our corridor south.
As we walk across the island in semidarkness, gloomy pandanus trees appear to be lifting their sinewy roots to join us and flitting bats are in a rush to reach home.
Zara Award for Basic Research for her pioneering works on the Phytochemistry and biological activities of Philippine genus Pandanus (Family Pandanaceae) or better known as pandan plants.
On the other hand, Pandanus amaryllifolius is a member of the family Pandanaceae consisting of a group of plants generally referred to as "screw pines.