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A stemless palmlike plant (Carludovica palmata) of Central and South America, having long-stalked, fanlike leaves that are used to make Panama hats.

[American Spanish, after Jipijapa, a city of western Ecuador.]
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(Plants) a palmlike plant, Carludovica palmata, of Central and South America, whose fanlike leaves are bleached for making panama hats: family Cyclanthaceae
[American Spanish, after Jipijapa, Ecuador]
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(ˌhi piˈhɑ pɑ, -pə)

n., pl. -pas.
1. a palmlike plant, Carludovica palmata, of Central and South America.
2. a Panama hat.
[1855–60; < American Spanish, after Jipijapa, town in Ecuador]
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