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A large fan-leaved palm tree (Corypha umbraculifera) of South Asia that lives up to 80 years and flowers only once, producing a huge inflorescence and dying shortly after the fruits mature.
[Ultimately from Sanskrit tālapattram, palm leaf used for writing : tālaḥ, palmyra palm (Borassus flabellifer); see toddy + pattram, leaf; see pet- in Indo-European roots.]
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|Noun||1.||talipot palm - tall palm of southern India and Sri Lanka with gigantic leaves used as umbrellas and fans or cut into strips for writing paper|
fan palm - palm having palmate or fan-shaped leaves
buntal - fine white Philippine fiber from stalks of unopened leaves of talipot palms; used in making hats
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