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 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, "Mielle's Leave-In Conditioner Made Me Believe in Natural Hair Products Again," 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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“Babassu.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/babassu. Accessed 14 Jul. 2020.

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