Definition of copaiba in English:

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Pronunciation: /kəʊˈpʌɪbə/

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[mass noun]
An aromatic plant oil or resin used in medicines and perfumes.
  • These resins are obtained from plants of the genus Copaifera.
Example sentences
  • Most pharmacies sell copaiba oil, either in small bottles over the counter or in the form of capsules.
  • The oil (which see) is the best form for obtaining the effects of copaiba upon the respiratory tract.
  • If you are allergic to balsam of Tolu or any of the products, you should make sure to use pure copaiba oil.


Early 17th century: via Portuguese from Tupi copaiba, Guarani cupaiba.

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