Definition of palmetto noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

palmetto

 noun
noun
BrE BrE//pælˈmetəʊ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//pælˈmetoʊ//
 
(pl. palmettos)
 
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a small palm tree that grows in the south-eastern US Word Origin mid 16th cent.: from Spanish palmito, literally ‘small palm’, diminutive of palma, assimilated to Italian words ending in -etto.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: palmetto