- 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.
Origin of wax palm
First recorded in 1820–30
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Wax-palm trees, breadfruit trees, and rubber trees are found in these forests.Big People and Little People of Other Lands
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- 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)