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[hoh-hoh-buh] /hoʊˈhoʊ bə/
a shrub, Simmondsia chinensis (or S. californica), of the southwestern U.S. and Mexico, bearing seeds that are the source of an oil (jojoba oil) used in cosmetics and as a lubricant.
Also called goat-nut [goht-nuht] /ˈgoʊtˌnʌt/ (Show IPA).
Origin of jojoba
1920-25; < Mexican Spanish Unabridged
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Examples from the web for jojoba
  • Coconut and jojoba oil are somewhere in between, and you can even use regular vegetable oil in a pinch.
  • Two species in particular that show potential are the jojoba and the guayule.
  • Remove from heat and stir in jojoba oil and witch hazel.
British Dictionary definitions for jojoba


a shrub or small tree of SW North America, Simmondsia californica, that has edible seeds containing a valuable oil used in cosmetics
Word Origin
Mexican Spanish
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