Share this entry

copaiba Line breaks: co|paiba
Pronunciation: /kəʊˈpʌɪbə/

Entry from British & World English dictionary

Definition of copaiba in English:

noun

[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.

Origin

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

Definition of copaiba in:

Share this entry

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove ads and access premium resources