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babassu

[bah-buh-soo] /ˌbɑ bəˈsu/
noun
1.
a palm, Orbignya barbosiana, of northeastern Brazil, bearing nuts that yield babassu oil.
Origin
1920-1925
1920-25; < Portuguese babaçú < Tupi, equivalent to ybá fruit + guasu large
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babassu

/ˌbɑːbəˈsuː/
noun
1.
a Brazilian palm tree, Orbignya martiana (or O. speciosa), having hard edible nuts that yield an oil used in making soap, margarine, etc
Word Origin
from Portuguese babaçú, from a native Amerindian word
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