Definition of carnauba
: a fan-leaved palm (Copernicia prunifera syn. C. cerifera) of Brazil that has an edible root and yields a useful leaf fiber and carnauba wax
Origin and Etymology of carnauba
Brazilian Portuguese carnaúba, from Tupi karanaʔíβa, from karaná, a palm (perhaps Mauritia carana or M. flexuosa) + i̵βa stem, plant, tree
First Known Use: 1866
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