candelilla wax

candelilla

[kan-dl-ee-uh]
noun
a shrub, Euphorbia antisyphilitica, of the southwestern U.S. and Mexico, that is the source of a wax (candelilla wax) having various commercial uses.

Origin:
1935–40; < American Spanish; Spanish: small candle, equivalent to candel(a) candle + -illa diminutive suffix

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candelilla wax

hard, yellowish tan to brown wax found as a coating on candelilla shrubs, Euphorbia antisyphilitica or Euphorbia cerifera, which grow wild in northern Mexico and Texas. Candelilla wax resembles carnauba wax but is less hard. Because it blends with other waxes and is less costly, candelilla wax is used chiefly as an extender in formulas containing carnauba, paraffin, and other waxes. It has been used in polishes, paints, inks, waterproofing, and carbon paper.

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