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More fully "bussu palm". A tropical palm, Manicaria saccifera, native to estuarine and swamp habitats of Trinidad and parts of Central and South America, with a crown of very large entire or partially pinnate leaves, used for thatching.
Mid 19th century. From Portuguese buçu, † bussu, † bossu from Nheêngatú bu'su.
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