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copaiba

[koh-pey-buh, -pahy-buh] /koʊˈpeɪ bə, -ˈpaɪ bə/
noun
1.
an oleoresin obtained from several tropical, chiefly South American trees belonging to the genus Copaifera, of the legume family, used chiefly in varnishes and lacquers, for removing old oil varnish from or for brightening oil paintings, and formerly in medicine in the treatment of certain mucous-membrane conditions.
Also called balsam capivi, Jesuits' resin.
Origin
1705-1715
1705-15; < Spanish < Portuguese < Tupi cupaiba
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  • Easily stored and transported, copaiba oil is used in medicines and cosmetics.
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copaiba

/kəʊˈpaɪbə/
noun
1.
a transparent yellowish viscous oleoresin obtained from certain tropical South American trees of the leguminous genus Copaifera: used in varnishes and ointments Also called copaiba balsam, copaiba resin
Word Origin
C18: via Spanish via Portuguese from Tupi
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