a Brazilian palm tree (Copernicia cerifera) that yields a hard wax used in making polishes, lipsticks, carbon paper, etc.
Origin of carnaubaBrazilian Portuguese ; from Tupí
- A palm tree (Copernicia prunifera) of Brazil, having fan-shaped waxy leaves.
- A hard wax obtained from the leaves of this plant, used in polishes, cosmetics, and as a food additive. Also called carnauba wax.
Origin of carnaubaPortuguese, from Tupí carnaúba.
From Portuguese carnaúba, from Old Tupi karanaiwa.