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

Examples of jojoba in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Both products are made with heavy oils: castor and jojoba are just a few. Celeste Polanco, Essence, 20 May 2024 The combination of jojoba seed oil and keratin works to revive the nails to prevent any breakage or splitting. Kayla Hui, Mph, Verywell Health, 13 May 2024 Better Not Younger Silver Lining Purple Butter Masque $36 ULTA $36 AMAZON amika Soulfood Nourishing Hair Mask The vegan formula, which boasts nourishing ingredients like jojoba seed oil, and sea buckthorn noticeably moisturizes and softens hair after just one use. Kayla Greaves, Vogue, 3 May 2024 The sodium hyaluronate keeps the skin moisturized, while the jojoba esters and squalane act as emollients for the skin. Enjanae' Taylor, Southern Living, 2 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for jojoba 

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Word History


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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“Jojoba.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jun. 2024.

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