E*lae"is (?), n. [NL., fr. Gr. olive tree.] Bot.

A genus of palms.

Elaeis Guineensis, the African oil palm, is a tree twenty or thirty feet high, with immense pinnate leaves and large masses of fruit. The berries are rather larger than olives, and when boiled in water yield the orange-red palm oil.


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