any of a genus (Orbignya) of Brazilian palms whose edible nuts furnish an oil used in making soap, margarine, etc.
Origin of babassuPortuguese babaçú
A Brazilian feather-leaved palm (Orbignya phalerata) having hard-shelled fruits whose seeds yield an oil used in food and skin-care products and as a biofuel.
Origin of babassuPortuguese babaçú, from Tupí babassú, ibabassú : ibá, fruit + -bassú, variant of -assú, -guassú, big.
From Portuguese, from Tupi