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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.
(Plants) of, relating to, or belonging to the Pandanaceae, an Old World tropical family of monocotyledonous plants including the screw pines