- a palm, Orbignya barbosiana, of northeastern Brazil, bearing nuts that yield babassu oil.
Origin of babassu
1920–25; < Portuguese babaçú < Tupi, equivalent to ybá fruit + guasu large
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- 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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