carnauba

[ kahr-nou-buh, -naw-, -noo- ]
/ kɑrˈnaʊ bə, -ˈnɔ-, -ˈnu- /
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noun

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.

Nearby words

  1. carnaroli,
  2. carnarvon,
  3. carnassial,
  4. carnatic,
  5. carnation,
  6. carneades,
  7. carnegie,
  8. carnegie hall,
  9. carnegie unit,
  10. carnegie, andrew

Origin of carnauba

1850–55; < Brazilian Portuguese < Tupi karanaʾiwa

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British Dictionary definitions for carnauba

carnauba

/ (kɑːˈnaʊbə) /

noun

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

Word Origin for carnauba

from Brazilian Portuguese, probably of Tupi origin

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