carnauba wax


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

1850–55; < Brazilian Portuguese < Tupi karanaʾiwa Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source Link To carnauba wax
World English Dictionary
carnauba (kɑːˈnaʊbə)
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]

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 10th Edition
2009 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009
Cite This Source
Copyright © 2014, LLC. All rights reserved.
  • Please Login or Sign Up to use the Recent Searches feature