tucum

noun tu·cum \ tüˈküm \
variants: or less commonly tucuma \-mə\

Definition of tucum

plural -s
1 or less commonly tucum palm
a :any of several chiefly Brazilian palms of the genus Astrocaryum (especially A. tucuma) with leaf bases that yield a coarse fiber used especially for cordage and hats and with seeds that yield an edible oil
b :a low spiny Brazilian palm (Bactris setosa) with leaves that yield a long strong fiber held to resemble wool and used locally for bags or other containers, fishing nets, and shoemakers' twines
2 :the fiber of a tucum

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Origin and Etymology of tucum

Portuguese tucumā, from Tupi tucumá


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