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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