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.