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.
Any of a genus (Orbignya) of Brazilian palms whose edible nuts furnish an oil used in making soap, margarine, etc.
Origin of babassu
- Portuguese babaçú from Tupí babassú, ibabassú ibá fruit -bassú variant of -assú, -guassú big
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Portuguese, from Tupi