babassu

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noun ba·bas·su \ ˌbä-bə-ˈsü \

Definition of babassu

:a tall pinnate-leaved palm (Orbignya phalerata synonym O. barbosiana) of Brazil with hard-shelled nuts yielding a valuable oil

Origin and Etymology of babassu

Portuguese babaçú, from Tupi *ɨβáwasú, from ɨβá fruit + -wasú large


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