carnauba

noun car·nau·ba \ kär-ˈnȯ-bə , -ˈnau̇- , -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

Origin and Etymology of 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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