[kahr-nou-buh, -naw-, -noo-]
  1. a palm, Copernicia prunifera, of Brazil, having palmate leaves covered with wax.
  2. 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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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  1. Also called: wax palm a Brazilian fan palm, Copernicia cerifera
  2. 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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