Definition of bacaba
: a palm of the genus Oenocarpus (especially O. bacaba and O. distichus) the drupelike fruits of which yield oil used in soap manufacture
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Origin and Etymology of bacaba
Portuguese bacaba fruit of the bacaba palm, from Tupi
First Known Use: circa 1925
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