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wax palm

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noun
  1. a tall, pinnate-leaved palm, Ceroxylon alpinum (or C. andicola), of the Andes, whose stem and leaves yield a resinous wax.
  2. any of several other palms that are the source of wax, as the carnauba.

Origin of wax palm

First recorded in 1820–30
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  • Wax-palm trees, breadfruit trees, and rubber trees are found in these forests.

    Big People and Little People of Other Lands

    Edward R. Shaw


British Dictionary definitions for wax palm

wax palm

noun
  1. a tall Andean palm tree, Ceroxylon andicola, having pinnate leaves that yield a resinous wax used in making candles
  2. another name for carnauba (def. 1)
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