Etymology
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palmetto (n.)

type of fan-leaf palm, 1580s, from Spanish palmito "dwarf fan palm tree," diminutive of palma "palm tree," from Latin palma (see palm (n.2)). The suffix was subsequently Italianized. The Palmetto Flag was an emblem of South Carolina after secession (1860); the state was called Palmetto State from at least 1837.

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Definitions of palmetto

palmetto (n.)
any of several low-growing palms with fan-shaped leaves;
From wordnet.princeton.edu