carnauba wax

carnauba

[kahr-nou-buh, -naw-, -noo-]
noun
1.
a palm, Copernicia prunifera, of Brazil, having palmate leaves covered with wax.
2.
Also called carnauba wax. the hard, lustrous wax obtained from the leaves of this tree, used as a polish or floor wax.

Origin:
1850–55; < Brazilian Portuguese < Tupi karanaʾiwa

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carnauba (kɑːˈnaʊbə)
 
n
1.  Also called: wax palm a Brazilian fan palm, Copernicia cerifera
2.  Also called: carnauba wax the wax obtained from the young leaves of this tree, used esp as a polish
 
[from Brazilian Portuguese, probably of Tupi origin]

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