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pal·met·to

 (păl-mĕt′ō)
n. pl. pal·met·tos or pal·met·toes
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.]

palmetto

(pælˈmɛtəʊ)
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.
[1555–65; earlier palmito < Sp, diminutive of palma palm2; -etto by association with -ette]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.palmetto - any of several low-growing palms with fan-shaped leavespalmetto - any of several low-growing palms with fan-shaped leaves
fan palm - palm having palmate or fan-shaped leaves
cabbage palm, cabbage palmetto, Sabal palmetto - low-growing fan-leaved palm of coastal southern United States having edible leaf buds
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The houses of the natives, constructed of the yellow bamboo, tastefully twisted together in a kind of wicker-work, and thatched with the long tapering leaves of the palmetto, are scattered irregularly along these valleys beneath the shady branches of the cocoanut trees.
Skeggs, with his palmetto on and his cigar in his mouth, walks around to put farewell touches on his wares.
He sat under a tree, something like the palmetto, which effectually shaded him over the head, and on the south side; but under the tree was placed a large umbrella, which made that part look well enough.
Witness the cider-barrel, the log-cabin, the hickory-stick, the palmetto, and all the cognizances of party.
Near the western extremity, where Fort Moultrie stands, and where are some miserable frame buildings, tenanted, during summer, by the fugitives from Charleston dust and fever, may be found, indeed, the bristly palmetto; but the whole island, with the exception of this western point, and a line of hard, white beach on the seacoast, is covered with a dense undergrowth of the sweet myrtle, so much prized by the horticulturists of England.
The trial also did not reveal any subgroup of patients, such as men with higher PSA levels or men with lower peak uroflow, who showed "a clinically important differential response" to saw palmetto, compared with placebo.
Extract of fruit from the saw palmetto palm tree is thought to improve urinary symptoms caused by benign prostatic hyperplasia.
Washington, Sept 28 (ANI): A new study has found that men with enlarged prostates who took higher doses of herbal supplement saw palmetto had no relief from urinary problems than those given a placebo.
Palmetto Christian School will be open next year as Palmetto Charter School, receiving $1.7 million in state dollars while continuing to operate in the same building with the same leadership, staff and students.
Also, Neal Wyatt, corporate medical director of Arkansas Hospice, has been named a member of the Hospice Intermediary Advisory Committee for 2009-2011 of Palmetto GBA, a subsidiary of BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina.
In 1979 he received The Citadel Board of Visitors Palmetto Medal Award.

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