screw pine


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screw pine

n.

[screw (in reference to the spiral whorl formed by the leaves and the pattern of the leaf scars along the trunk and branches, resembling the threads of a screw) + pine.]

screw pine

n
(Plants) any of various pandanaceous plants of the Old World tropical genus Pandanus, having a spiral mass of pineapple-like leaves and heavy conelike fruits

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.screw pine - 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
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pineapple (Ananas comosus), bromeliads (Guzmania spp), banana (Musa spp), screw pine (Pandanus odoratissimus) and in the primary rachis of coconut (Cocos nucifera).
Screw Pine (Pandanus Utilis):Another native of Madagascar, much of the tree's roots are above ground and arranged around its trunk like stilts.
Chris Cole notes "In my book [Wordplay: A Curious Dictionary of Language Oddities] I listed IEIE, the Pacific islands screw pine, as the shortest word with four syllables.