Definition of babassu in English:


Syllabification: ba·bas·su
Pronunciation: /ˌbäbəˈso͞o
(also babaçu)


  • A Brazilian palm that yields an edible oil sometimes used in cosmetics.
    • Genus Orbignya, family Palmae
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    • 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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