Definition of nipa in English:


(also nipa palm)

Pronunciation /ˈnʌɪpə//ˈniːpə/


  • A palm tree with creeping roots, characteristic of mangrove swamps in India and the Pacific islands.

    Nypa fruticans, family Palmae

    • ‘The palm, like the coconut and the nipa palm, also serves numerous other purposes.’
    • ‘Mark took off his shirt while Mandy took off her shorts and placed them in one of the nipa huts.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Several colossal, yet dormant, volcanoes lorded over a steamy jungle realm of rice paddies, nipa huts, majestic palm trees, and lush undergrowth.’
    • ‘Traditional houses in rural areas are nipa huts constructed of bamboo and roofed with leaves from palm trees or corrugated metal.’


Late 16th century (denoting an alcoholic drink made from the sap of the tree): via Spanish or Portuguese from Malay nīpah.