One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Any of a number of palms or palmlike plants that resemble a cabbage in some way.
a Caribbean palm with edible buds that resemble a cabbage (Roystonea oleraceae, family Palmae)
an evergreen plant occurring in warm regions and grown elsewhere as a greenhouse or indoor plant (genus Cordyline, family Agavaceae)
- ‘On a sultry autumn night, panther number 60, all eight-year-old male, stalked through a forest of pine trees and cabbage palms until he was stopped cold by a chain-link fence.’
- ‘Chusan palms and cabbage palms will dot the British landscape, even in inland colder areas, towards the end of the century.’
- ‘In addition to the cabbage palm, tall trees include American elm, laurel oak, pop ash, sugarberry, sweetgum, water hickory, and water locust.’
- ‘Its blinding flash lights up the cabbage palm foliage…’
- ‘Barbados's Codrington College, founded in 1830, looks like an old Oxford college set incongruously amidst stately cabbage palms.’
- ‘Site preparation began with removal of about 250 small cabbage palms that had invaded the site.’
- ‘Oak-palm hammocks are home to the tall, beautiful cabbage palm, a hallmark of these fertile raised regions on the Myakka River floodplain.’
- ‘But in the next breath he's anticipating aloud the virgin forest and spectacular cabbage palm a caller has invited him to see.’
- ‘Chusan palms, tree ferns and cabbage palms frame a view of the large formal pond, which is dotted with water lilies and surrounded by lush herbaceous plantings.’
- ‘Rather, cabbage palms, grape vines, and exotic grasses such as guineagrass often dominate.’
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