tucum

noun tu·cum \tüˈküm\
variants: less commonly

tucuma

\-mə\

Definition of tucum

plural

-s

  1. 1 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. 2 :  the fiber of a tucum

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Origin and Etymology of tucum

Portuguese tucumā, from Tupi tucumá


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