carnaubic acid

noun
car·​nau·​bic acid

Definition of carnaubic acid

: a crystalline fatty acid that is found as esters and especially in carnauba wax and wool fat and that may be a mixture of acids

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History and Etymology for carnaubic acid

International Scientific Vocabulary carnaubic (from carnauba + -ic) + acid; originally formed as German karnaubasäure

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“Carnaubic acid.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/carnaubic%20acid. Accessed 21 Oct. 2020.

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