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Arecaceae - Palm Family
Scientific classification
  • Economically important genera
    • Areca
    • Arenga
    • Attalia
    • Bactris
    • Borassus
    • Cocos - coconut
    • Copernicia - carnuba wax palm
    • Elaeis
    • Jessenia
    • Orbignya
    • Phoenix - date palm
    • Rhapis
    • Roystonea - royal palm
    • Sabal - palmetto
    • Veitchia
    • Wallichia
    • Washingtonia
  • Full List of Arecaceae Genera

Arecaceae (also called Palmae or Palmaceae) is the palm family, belonging to the order Palmales.

The typical member of this family is the areca nut, which is chewed with the betel leaf and often confused with it. Rattan and coconuts also belong to this family.

Palm sap is sometimes fermented to produce palm wine.

This is an article from the public domain Easton's Bible Dictionary, originally published in 1897. This article is written from a nineteenth century Christian viewpoint, and may not reflect modern opinions or recent discoveries in Biblical scholarship. Please help the Wikipedia by bringing this article up to date.

Palm tree - (Heb. tamar), the date-palm characteristic of Palestine. It is described as "flourishing" (Ps. 92:12), tall (Cant. 7:7), "upright" (Jer. 10:5). Its branches are a symbol of victory (Rev. 7:9). "Rising with slender stem 40 or 50, at times even 80, feet aloft, its only branches, the feathery, snow-like, pale-green fronds from 6 to 12 feet long, bending from its top, the palm attracts the eye wherever it is seen." Tadmor in the desert was called by the Greeks and Romans Palmyra, i.e., "the city of palms." The finest specimens of this tree grew at Jericho (Deut. 34:3) and Engedi and along the banks of the Jordan. Branches of the palm tree were carried at the feast of Tabernacles (Lev. 23:40). At our Lord's triumphal entrance into Jerusalem the crowds took palm branches, and went forth to meet him, crying, "Hosanna: Blessed is the King of Israel that cometh in the name of the Lord" (Matt. 21:8; John 12:13). (See date.)

From Easton's Bible Dictionary (1897)\n