[ bah-buh-soo ]
/ ˌbɑ bəˈsu /


a palm, Orbignya barbosiana, of northeastern Brazil, bearing nuts that yield babassu oil.


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Origin of babassu

1920–25; < Portuguese babaçú < Tupi, equivalent to ybá fruit + guasu large Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

British Dictionary definitions for babassu

/ (ˌbɑːbəˈsuː) /


a Brazilian palm tree, Orbignya martiana (or O. speciosa), having hard edible nuts that yield an oil used in making soap, margarine, etc

Word Origin for babassu

from Portuguese babaçú, from a native Amerindian word
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