macaw palm

variants: or macaw tree

Definition of macaw palm

: any of several South American palms of the genus Acrocomia with nuts that yield a violet-scented oil used in perfumery and in some cases nutritious edible oils

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History and Etymology for macaw palm

Portuguese macaúba, from Tupi macahiba, macahuba

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“Macaw palm.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Jul. 2020.

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