ba·​bas·​su | \ ˌbä-bə-ˈsü How to pronounce babassu (audio) \

Definition of babassu

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

Examples of babassu in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The shampoo hydrates with shea butter, coconut oil, and babassu oils, while the conditioner includes a touch of sunflower seed oil. Akili King, Vogue, 30 Apr. 2021 This popular sulfate-free shampoo gently cleanses curls while delivering nourishing moisture and supporting growth via organic babassu oil. Victoria Moorhouse, Forbes, 3 Mar. 2021 This led me to pluck you, a bright fuschia packaged bottle with honey listed as an ingredient — alongside other standouts like murumuru butter and babassu oil — off my beauty supply's shelf. Gabi Thorne, Allure, 11 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of babassu

1876, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for babassu

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

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The first known use of babassu was in 1876

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10 May 2021

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“Babassu.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Jun. 2021.

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