jojoba

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Jojoba leaves and fruit

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Borrowed from Spanish jojoba, from O'odham hohowi.

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jojoba (plural jojobas)

  1. A shrub native to the southwestern United States and to Mexico, Simmondsia chinensis: the only plant known to store liquid wax in its seed.

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Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /xoˈxoba/, [xoˈxo.β̞a]

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jojoba f (plural jojobas)

  1. jojoba (plant)
    • 1816, Agustín Pomposo Fernández de San Salvador, Los jesuitas quitados y restituidos al mundo:
      [] la Jojoba estimable por su eficacia para curar la supresion de orina y las heridas, facilitar el parto, y su azeyte poderoso contra el cancer, no dá fruto sino el año que en invierno cae alguna gran lluvia []
      The jojoba [is] esteemed because of its efficacy in curing urine lack and wounds, and facilitating birth, and its oil is strong against cancer, and it does not give fruits if not in spring some great rain fell.

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