babassu

noun
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 Also worth noting are the moisture-replenishing, fatty-acid-rich Brazilian babassu oil, and antioxidant-rich moringa to protect the skin against whatever's out there. Sarah Han, Allure, 15 July 2022 Honey and babassu oil get rid of excess oil, dirt and grime while bringing incredible moisture to each strand. Grooming Playbook, The Salt Lake Tribune, 2 June 2022 Key ingredients include frankincense, sage and babassu oil. Los Angeles Times, 28 Apr. 2022 The formula prominently features rosehip to regulate oil production, red ginseng to strengthen the hair follicles, and babassu oil to fortify the scalp and hair. Grooming Playbook, The Salt Lake Tribune, 7 Apr. 2022 Aloe leaf juice and babassu oil soothe, nourish and boost the skin’s natural barrier. Celia Shatzman, Forbes, 29 May 2021 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 See More

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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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Last Updated

21 Jul 2022

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“Babassu.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/babassu. Accessed 17 Aug. 2022.

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