Definition of kentia palm in English:

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kentia palm

Pronunciation: /ˈken(t)ēə ˌpä(l)m/
(also kentia)


An Australasian palm tree that is popular as a houseplant while it is young.
  • Howeia (or Howea) forsteriana (formerly Kentia forsteriana), family Palmae
Example sentences
  • Also worth a try are Howea forsteriana, the quick-growing kentia or paradise palm, and the Lacy tree philodendron, P. selloum, which has ruffled-edged leaves on two foot long arching stalks.
  • When you're swinging from a hammock and grilling shrimp on a private deck tucked into a forest of banyan trees and kentia palms, it's hard to imagine life beyond Lord Howe Island.
  • So it was inevitable that when Greg and wife Maria moved to coastal Southern California - where the climate is mild enough for kentia palms and plumerias - he seized the opportunity to create his own backyard resort.


Late 19th century: modern Latin, named after William Kent (died 1828), botanical collector.

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