noun ba·bas·su \ˌbä-bə-ˈsü\

Definition of babassu

  1. :  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: 1876

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