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

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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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