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jojoba

[hoh-hoh-buh] /hoʊˈhoʊ bə/
noun
1.
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.
Origin
1920-1925
1920-25; < Mexican Spanish
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  • 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

jojoba

/həʊˈhəʊbə/
noun
1.
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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Encyclopedia Article for jojoba

goat nut

(Simmondsia chinensis), leathery-leaved shrub in the box family (Buxaceae), native to the southwestern United States and northern Mexico, the capsules of which yield jojoba oil. The stiff-branched plant, which grows to a height of up to 2 m (7 feet), is cultivated as hedge material, substituted for boxwood in arid areas. It is also grown in limited but expanding commercial quantities in southern California for the oil, which is equal to sperm oil in quality. Jojoba oil is found in a variety of cosmetic products, such as soaps, shampoos, and hair conditioners, where it is believed to have certain restorative effects

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