noun \kär-ˈn-bə, -ˈna-; ˌkär-nə-ˈü-bə\

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 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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