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



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