Carnauba definition

kär-nôbə, -nou-, -no͝o-
A palm tree (Copernicia prunifera) of Brazil, having fan-shaped waxy leaves.
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A hard wax obtained from the leaves of this plant, used in polishes, cosmetics, and as a food additive.
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A Brazilian palm tree (Copernicia cerifera) that yields a hard wax used in making polishes, lipsticks, carbon paper, etc.
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A Brazilian palm tree having waxy, fan-shaped leaves and toothed leafstalks, Copernicia prunifera.
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(not countable) The hard wax obtained from the leaves of this plant and used especially in polishes.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
carnauba
Plural:
carnaubas

Origin of carnauba

  • Portuguese from Tupí carnaúba

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Portuguese carnaúba, from Old Tupi karanaiwa.

    From Wiktionary