jojoba

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noun jo·jo·ba \hə-ˈhō-bə\

Definition of jojoba

  1. :  a shrub or small tree (Simmondsia chinensis syn. S. californica) of the box family of southwestern North America with edible seeds that yield a valuable liquid wax used especially in cosmetics

Origin and Etymology of jojoba

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


First Known Use: 1900


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