Macaw palm
Macaw Ma*caw", n. [From the native name in the Antilles.] (Zo["o]l.) Any parrot of the genus {Ara}, {Sittace}, or {Macrocercus}. About eighteen species are known, all of them found in Central and South America. They are large and have a very long tail, a strong hooked bill, and a naked space around the eyes. The voice is harsh, and the colors are brilliant and strongly contrasted; they are among the largest and showiest of parrots. Different species names have been given to the same macaw, as for example the {Hyacinthine macaw}, which has been variously classified as {Anodorhyncus hyacynthinus}, {Anodorhyncus maximiliani}, and {Macrocercus hyacynthinus}. [1913 Webster +PJC] [1913 Webster]

{Macaw bush} (Bot.), a West Indian name for a prickly kind of nightshade ({Solanum mammosum}).

{Macaw palm}, {Macaw tree} (Bot.), a tropical American palm ({Acrocomia fusiformis} and other species) having a prickly stem and pinnately divided leaves. Its nut yields a yellow butter, with the perfume of violets, which is used in making violet soap. Called also {grugru palm}. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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