babassu

babassu

[bah-buh-soo]
noun
a palm, Orbignya barbosiana, of northeastern Brazil, bearing nuts that yield babassu oil.

Origin:
1920–25; < Portuguese babaçú < Tupi, equivalent to ybá fruit + guasu large

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babassu (ˌbɑːbəˈsuː)
 
n
a Brazilian palm tree, Orbignya martiana (or O. speciosa), having hard edible nuts that yield an oil used in making soap, margarine, etc
 
[from Portuguese babaçú, from a native Amerindian word]

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