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carnauba

[kahr-nou-buh, -naw-, -noo-] /kɑrˈnaʊ bə, -ˈnɔ-, -ˈnu-/
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
Brazilian Portuguese
1850-1855
1850-55; < Brazilian Portuguese < Tupi karanaʾiwa
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  • carnauba wax coatings are widely used for both apples and citrus fruit.
  • Shellac and carnauba wax, the materials currently in use, also have non-food uses.
British Dictionary definitions for carnauba

carnauba

/kɑːˈnaʊbə/
noun
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
Word Origin
from Brazilian Portuguese, probably of Tupi origin
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