carnauba

noun
car·​nau·​ba | \ kär-ˈnȯ-bə How to pronounce carnauba (audio) , -ˈnau̇- How to pronounce carnauba (audio) , -ˈnü-; ˌkär-nə-ˈü-bə \

Definition of carnauba

: a fan-leaved palm (Copernicia prunifera synonym C. cerifera) of Brazil that has an edible root and yields a useful leaf fiber and carnauba wax

Examples of carnauba in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Included are Meguiar’s Gold Class car wash, Gold Class carnauba plus liquid wax, Endurance tire gel, clay bars and Quik Detailer, ScratchX 2.0 that can remove swirls and scratches, interior detailer and plastic cleaner and polish. Jeff Yip, Houston Chronicle, "Goodies will give your favorite automotive enthusiast some thrills," 29 Nov. 2019 The choice between using carnauba or polymer wax is similar to choosing synthetic or regular engine oil. Timothy Dahl, Popular Mechanics, "How to Wash Your Car Like a Pro," 9 Nov. 2017 The wax comes from the carnauba palm, which grows in northern Brazil. Rick Romell, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Gummy bear maker Haribo under fire for treatment of workers by its suppliers," 27 Oct. 2017 Conditions on carnauba plantations are so poor that police sometimes raid them to free the workers, Deutsche Welle said. Rick Romell, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Gummy bear maker Haribo under fire for treatment of workers by its suppliers," 27 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of carnauba

1866, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for carnauba

Brazilian Portuguese carnaúba, from Tupi karanaʔíβa, from karaná, a palm (perhaps Mauritia carana or M. flexuosa) + ɨβa stem, plant, tree

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The first known use of carnauba was in 1866

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Cite this Entry

“Carnauba.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/carnauba. Accessed 21 Feb. 2020.

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