One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
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.
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