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 * i̵βáwasú, from i̵βá fruit + -wasú large
First Known Use: 1876See Words from the same year
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