a tall, pinnate-leaved palm, Ceroxylon alpinum (or C. andicola), of the Andes, whose stem and leaves yield a resinous wax.
any of several other palms that are the source of wax, as the carnauba.
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- wax jack,
- wax light,
- wax moth,
- wax museum,
- wax myrtle,
- wax paper,
- wax plant,
- wax tablet,
- wax tree,
Origin of wax palm
First recorded in 1820–30
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Examples from the Web for wax palm
Wax-palm trees, breadfruit trees, and rubber trees are found in these forests.Big People and Little People of Other Lands|Edward R. Shaw
a tall Andean palm tree, Ceroxylon andicola, having pinnate leaves that yield a resinous wax used in making candles
another name for carnauba (def. 1)
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