[ hoh-hoh-buh ]
/ hoʊˈhoʊ bə /
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a shrub, Simmondsia chinensis (or S. californica), of the southwestern U.S. and Mexico, bearing seeds that are the source of an oil (jojoba oil ) used in cosmetics and as a lubricant.
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Mississippi’s nickname comes from the magnificent trees that grow there. What is it?
Also called goat-nut [goht-nuht]. /ˈgoʊtˌnʌt/.
Origin of jojoba
Borrowed into English from Mexican Spanish around 1920–25
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British Dictionary definitions for jojoba
/ (həʊˈhəʊbə) /
a shrub or small tree of SW North America, Simmondsia californica, that has edible seeds containing a valuable oil used in cosmetics
Word Origin for jojoba
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