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jojoba

[hoh-hoh-buh]
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noun
  1. 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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Origin of jojoba

Borrowed into English from Mexican Spanish around 1920–25
Also called goat-nut [goht-nuht] /ˈgoʊtˌnʌt/.
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jojoba

noun
  1. a shrub or small tree of SW North America, Simmondsia californica, that has edible seeds containing a valuable oil used in cosmetics
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Word Origin

Mexican Spanish
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