screw pine
noun Date: 1836 any of a genus (Pandanus of the family Pandanaceae, the screw-pine family) of tropical monocotyledonous Old World trees or shrubs with slender palmlike stems, often huge prop roots, and terminal crowns of swordlike leaves

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  • Screw pine — Screw Screw (skr[udd]), n. [OE. scrue, OF. escroue, escroe, female screw, F. [ e]crou, L. scrobis a ditch, trench, in LL., the hole made by swine in rooting; cf. D. schroef a screw, G. schraube, Icel. skr[=u]fa.] 1. A cylinder, or a cylindrical… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • screw pine — n. any of a genus (Pandanus) of SE Asian trees and shrubs of the screw pine family, often having edible starchy fruits …   English World dictionary

  • screw-pine — [skro͞o′pīn΄] adj. designating a family (Pandanaceae, order Pandanales) of monocotyledonous trees, shrubs, and climbers, characterized by daggerlike leaves and prop roots * * * …   Universalium

  • screw pine — screw′ pine n. pln any tropical Asian tree, shrub, or climbing plant of the family Pandanaceae, having long, narrow, spirally arranged leaves and aerial roots • Etymology: 1830–40 …   From formal English to slang

  • screw-pine — [skro͞o′pīn΄] adj. designating a family (Pandanaceae, order Pandanales) of monocotyledonous trees, shrubs, and climbers, characterized by daggerlike leaves and prop roots …   English World dictionary

  • screw pine — noun any of various Old World tropical palmlike trees having huge prop roots and edible conelike fruits and leaves like pineapple leaves • Syn: ↑pandanus • Hypernyms: ↑tree • Hyponyms: ↑textile screw pine, ↑lauhala, ↑Pandanus tectorius …   Useful english dictionary

  • screw pine — Pandanus Pan*da nus, prop. n. [NL., fr. Malay pandan.] (Bot.) A genus of endogenous plants, native to tropical lands from Africa to Polynesia. See {Screw pine}. [1913 Webster] 2. Fiber from leaves of the pandanus tree; used for woven articles… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • screw pine — noun the screw pine …   Wiktionary

  • screw-pine — pandanas statusas T sritis vardynas apibrėžtis Pandaninių (Pandanaceae) šeimos augalų gentis (Pandanus). atitikmenys: lot. Pandanus angl. pandanus; screw pine vok. Pandanus; Schraubenbaum rus. пандан; панданус lenk. pandan; pochutnik …   Dekoratyvinių augalų vardynas

  • screw pine — any tropical Asian tree or shrub of the genus Pandanus, having a palmlike or branched stem, long, narrow, rigid, spirally arranged leaves and aerial roots, and bearing an edible fruit. [1830 40] * * * …   Universalium

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