Definition of talipot in English:

talipot

Line breaks: tali|pot
Pronunciation: /ˈtalɪpɒt
 
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noun

  • A tall Indian palm with very large fan-shaped leaves and a flower that can reach 8 m tall. The leaves are used as sunshades and for thatching, and to make the material on which Buddhist sacred books are written.
    • Corypha umbraculifera, family Palmae
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    • The flowering talipot is a breathtaking sight, but one that is becoming increasingly rare in the city these days.
    • The use of the talipots and the lion flag were conceded by the king to a chief in the Uggalboda sannas, together with the use of the ceremonial torches.
    • These were substantially built of timber and talipots, thatched with cadjans and bamboo leaves, and festooned and decorated as the Singhalese only can decorate - leaves, flowers and fruit being entwined together with so much delicacy and airy tastefulness as to impart an almost fairy-like form to the pavilion.

Origin

late 17th century: from Malayalam tālipat, from Sanskrit tālīpatra, from tālī 'palm' + patra 'leaf'.

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