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1. A rhizomatous feather-leaved palm (Nypa fruticans) of tidal rivers of southern Asia and Australia, having long fronds often used for thatching.
2. An alcoholic beverage made from the sap of this plant.

[New Latin, from Malay nipah.]
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(ˈniːpə; ˈnaɪ-)
1. (Plants) a palm tree, Nipa fruticans, of S and SE Asia, having feathery leaves, used for thatching, and edible fruit
2. (Cookery) the fruit or thatch obtained from this tree
3. (Plants) the fruit or thatch obtained from this tree
4. (Brewing) the sap of this tree, used to make a liquor
[C16: from Malay nīpah]
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(ˈni pə)

n., pl. -pas.
a palm, Nypa fruticans, of India, the Philippines, etc., whose foliage is used for thatching, basketry, etc.
[1580–90; < New Latin < Malay nipah]
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Noun1.nipa - monotypic genus of palms of AustralasiaNipa - monotypic genus of palms of Australasia
liliopsid genus, monocot genus - genus of flowering plants having a single cotyledon (embryonic leaf) in the seed
Arecaceae, family Arecaceae, family Palmaceae, family Palmae, palm family, Palmaceae, Palmae - chiefly tropical trees and shrubs and vines usually having a tall columnar trunk bearing a crown of very large leaves; coextensive with the order Palmales
Nipa fruticans, nipa palm - any creeping semiaquatic feather palm of the genus Nipa found in mangrove swamps and tidal estuaries; its sap is used for a liquor; leaves are used for thatch; fruit has edible seeds
2.nipa - made from sap of the Australasian nipa palm
alcohol, alcoholic beverage, alcoholic drink, inebriant, intoxicant - a liquor or brew containing alcohol as the active agent; "alcohol (or drink) ruined him"
Nipa fruticans, nipa palm - any creeping semiaquatic feather palm of the genus Nipa found in mangrove swamps and tidal estuaries; its sap is used for a liquor; leaves are used for thatch; fruit has edible seeds
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References in classic literature ?
At the foot of big, towering trees, trunkless nipa palms rose from the mud of the bank, in bunches of leaves enormous and heavy, that hung unstirring over the brown swirl of eddies.
According to the Chairman Transport Committee KU Dr Zamin Shaheed Siddiqui, a point bus would leave at 07:40am from Malir Jinnah Square via Nad-e-Ali, Saudabad, Malir Tanki, Shahra e Faisal, Rashid Minhas Road, NIPA, Silver Jubilee Gate, KU, and would go back via Khokhrapar No 2 A1/2, Malir Jinnah Square at 1:30pm.
She said that pursuant to promulgation of National School of Public Policy (NSPP) Ordinance 2002, NIPA Lahore was merged into NSPP as one of the constituent units in 2005 with President of Pakistan as Chairman of Board of Governors.
GDP and Other Major NIPA Series For 1929 to the Second Quarter 2011 {August, 181}
* NIPA personal income includes the earnings of federal civilian and military personnel stationed abroad and the property income received by the federal retirement plans of these workers.
They added that four terrorists riding two motorcycles started firing at Usmani's car from both sides when it was about to turn left towards a side ramp leading to Nipa Chowrangi.
At least six unknown assailants on three motorbikes, opened fire at the vehicle on the Nipa flyover.
The cars were travelling together and were fired on by motorcyclists near the ramp which goes from Aladdin Park to NIPA Chowrangi.'
As per initial reports, at least four unknown assailants on two motorbikes, opened fire at a vehicle as it was riding down from the Nipa flyover.
These vehicles will be diverted towards Drigh Road from Sharea Faisal, after which they will turn left to Rashid Minhas Road, then Millenium Mall to NIPA.
IN the lowlands, Jamieson observed that nipa palms grow profusely along the country's coastlines and estuarine habitats.
The nipa hut , according to Betago, was used as resting place after they tend the farm.