Definition of babassu in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌbäbəˈso͞o/
(also babaçu)


A Brazilian palm that yields an edible oil sometimes used in cosmetics.
  • Genus Orbignya, family Palmae.
Example sentences
  • The rubs harness the soothing properties of babassu oil (harvested from the Amazonian babassu palm) and essential oils.
  • The babassu palm, which grows in the Brazilian Amazon, is harvested sustainably to provide a natural oil for use in Aveda hair conditioners and as a cleansing ingredient in shampoos.
  • The shampoo cleanses fine hair with organic coconut and babassu oils and contains calendula, honey and marshmallow to give life to limp strands.


1920s: from Brazilian Portuguese babaçu, from Tupi ybá 'fruit' + guasu 'large'.

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Syllabification: ba·bas·su

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