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Orbignya (family Palmae) A genus of palms, most of which are tall, spineless, and pinnate-leaved. The inflorescences are unisexual. The fruit has a woody endocarp (see PERICARP) with basal germ pores. O. speciosa (babaçu) and O. cohune (cohune) produce oil from both mesocarp and endosperm. There are 17 species, found in tropical S. America. Compare ELAEIS.