jojoba

noun

jo·​jo·​ba hə-ˈhō-bə How to pronounce jojoba (audio)
: a shrub or small tree (Simmondsia chinensis synonym S. californica) of the box family of southwestern North America with edible seeds that yield a valuable liquid wax used especially in cosmetics

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Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Fight the lack of fresh air with a nourishing face oil, such as geranium, jojoba, or frankincense, on your face, lips, neck, and décolleté. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, 29 Aug. 2022 The formula is packed with conditioning jojoba oil alongside the brands signature ceramides which make for a gentle cleanse ideal for any skin type, even the most sensitive. Lindsay Colameo, Peoplemag, 17 Aug. 2022 This gift set includes three mini-size body butters that contain shea butter, baobab oil and jojoba oil for lasting hydration. Alyssa Gautieri, Good Housekeeping, 16 Aug. 2022 Almond oil and jojoba oil work hard to keep skin moisturized and soft without irritating the skin. Grooming Playbook, The Salt Lake Tribune, 24 May 2022 The capsules also feature RoC's go-to line-smoothing ingredient — hyaluronic acid — as well as hydrating jojoba and coconut oils. Nicol Natale, PEOPLE.com, 22 July 2022 In addition to the Dead Sea minerals, this mask is also infused with aloe vera, calendula, vitamin E and jojoba oil. Grooming Playbook, The Salt Lake Tribune, 9 June 2022 The blend of jojoba oil, beeswax, calcium, and vitamins help nails come back to life after acrylics, or just grow longer, faster. Jillian Ruffo, Harper's BAZAAR, 21 June 2022 It's spiked with castor and jojoba oils, but the addition of avocado oil really ticks it up a notch. Jihan Forbes, Allure, 28 Apr. 2022 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Mexican Spanish, of Uto-Aztecan origin; akin to O'odham hohowai jojoba, Yaqui hohoovam

First Known Use

1900, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of jojoba was in 1900

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Cite this Entry

“Jojoba.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/jojoba. Accessed 2 Oct. 2022.

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