Definition of nipa in English:


(also nipa palm)

Pronunciation /ˈniːpə//ˈnʌɪpə/


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

    Nypa fruticans, family Palmae

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Mark took off his shirt while Mandy took off her shorts and placed them in one of the nipa huts.’
    • ‘The palm, like the coconut and the nipa palm, also serves numerous other purposes.’


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