ba·​bas·​su ˌbä-bə-ˈsü How to pronounce babassu (audio)
: 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 This styling cream is infused with nourishing and hydrating ingredients like vitamin E, olive, and babassu oil to provide shiny, silky results. Danielle Sinay, Glamour, 26 Nov. 2023 This oil is fortified with aloe vera, which conditions and softens the hair, while hydrating babassu oil and soothing castor oil fuse the formula together to encourage sleeker and stronger strands. Alyssa Brascia, Peoplemag, 28 Oct. 2023 Price at time of publish: $16 Key Ingredients: Shea butter, peptides, babassu, cupuaçu | Size: 0.3 oz. Jessie Quinn, Peoplemag, 13 Oct. 2023 Made with a blend of babassu oil and vitamin E, this formula also acts as a form of skincare — helping with inflammation, surface wounds, and certain skin conditions. Madison Yauger, Peoplemag, 21 Sep. 2023 The formula also helps to break down any build-up on the scalp, too. Price at time of publish: $28 Star Ingredients: Meadowfoam seed oil, chia seed oil, babassu seed oil | Key Benefits: Nourishes scalp, reduces frizz, strengthens hair | Size: 2 fl. oz. Melanie Rud, Peoplemag, 16 Mar. 2023 High Porosity Conditioner Carol's Daughter Born To Repair Nourishing Conditioner Now 14% Off $12 at Amazon$12 at Walmart$14 at Ulta Beauty A blend of shea butter plus Amazonian nut and babassu extracts, this post-’poo locks in hydration. Erica Metzger, Women's Health, 28 June 2023 This sweet cocktail blends babassu oil, honey, a humectant that helps to retain moisture and shine, and pomegranate extract to strengthen the hair follicles and promote hair growth. Alexis Gaskin, ELLE, 12 June 2023 More mature complexions will soak up Augustinus Bader’s The Face Oil, which contains the brand’s patented TFC8 complex — a mix of vitamins, amino acids and synthesized molecules that aid in the skin’s ability to repair itself — in a plush blend of argan, karanja and babassu oils. Kerstin Czarra, New York Times, 8 Oct. 2020 See More

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Word History


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

First Known Use

1876, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of babassu was in 1876

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“Babassu.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Dec. 2023.

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