[kahr-nou-buh, -naw-, -noo-]
- a palm, Copernicia prunifera, of Brazil, having palmate leaves covered with wax.
- Also called carnauba wax. the hard, lustrous wax obtained from the leaves of this tree, used as a polish or floor wax.
Origin of carnauba
1850–55; < Brazilian Portuguese < Tupi karanaʾiwa
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Examples from the Web for carnauba
Carnauba wax is extensively used in the manufacture of candles.Cooley's Practical Receipts, Volume II
The carnauba root likewise has a diuretic power, and possesses unusual efficacy, in the cure of acute and chronic blennorrhas.
If the ratio is above 3.8, it is very probable that Japanese or carnauba wax or grease has been added.
- Also called: wax palm a Brazilian fan palm, Copernicia cerifera
- Also called: carnauba wax the wax obtained from the young leaves of this tree, used esp as a polish
from Brazilian Portuguese, probably of Tupi origin
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