carnauba

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From Portuguese carnaúba, from Old Tupi karanaiwa.

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carnauba (plural carnaubas)

  1. A Brazilian palm tree having waxy, fan-shaped leaves and toothed leafstalks, Copernicia prunifera.
  2. (not countable) The hard wax obtained from the leaves of this plant and used especially in polishes.

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