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A palm tree with creeping roots, characteristic of mangrove swamps in India and the Pacific islands.
- ‘Several colossal, yet dormant, volcanoes lorded over a steamy jungle realm of rice paddies, nipa huts, majestic palm trees, and lush undergrowth.’
- ‘The palm, like the coconut and the nipa palm, also serves numerous other purposes.’
- ‘Houses are raised 9 to 13 feet off the ground; walls are of plaited bamboo, and roofs are of nipa or coconut palm leaves or cogon grass.’
- ‘Traditional houses in rural areas are nipa huts constructed of bamboo and roofed with leaves from palm trees or corrugated metal.’
- ‘Mark took off his shirt while Mandy took off her shorts and placed them in one of the nipa huts.’
Late 16th century (denoting an alcoholic drink made from the sap of the tree): via Spanish or Portuguese from Malay nīpah.
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