ba·​ca·​ba | \ bəˈkäbə \
variants: or bacaba palm
plural -s

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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First Known Use of bacaba

circa 1925, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for bacaba

Portuguese bacaba fruit of the bacaba palm, from Tupi

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“Bacaba.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Apr. 2021.

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