wax palm

  1. a tall, pinnate-leaved palm, Ceroxylon alpinum (or C. andicola), of the Andes, whose stem and leaves yield a resinous wax.
  2. any of several other palms that are the source of wax, as the carnauba.

Origin of wax palm

First recorded in 1820–30
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wax palm

  1. a tall Andean palm tree, Ceroxylon andicola, having pinnate leaves that yield a resinous wax used in making candles
  2. another name for carnauba (def. 1)
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