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 The wax comes from the carnauba palm, which grows in northern Brazil. Rick Romell, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 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, 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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“Carnauba.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 2022.

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