carnauba

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noun car·nau·ba \kär-ˈnȯ-bə, -ˈnau̇-, -ˈnü-; ˌkär-nə-ˈü-bə\

Definition of carnauba

  1. :  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) +  i̵βa stem, plant, tree


First Known Use: 1866


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