Definition of carnauba in English:


Line breaks: car|nauba
Pronunciation: /kɑːˈnɔːbə
, -ˈnaʊbə/


  • 1A NE Brazilian fan palm, the leaves of which exude a yellowish wax. Also called wax palm.
    • Copernicia cerifera, family Palmae
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    • To protect itself against dehydration during the period of drought that severely affects the Northeast region of Brazil every year for more than six months, the Carnauba covers its leaves with a thick layer of wax.
  • 1.1 (also carnauba wax) [mass noun] Wax from the carnauba palm, used as a polish.
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    • The apples all shimmer like celebrities at a premiere, because they are given a shiny coating with carnauba wax (also used in shoe polish).
    • Important ester waxes include carnauba wax, lanolin, beeswax, and spermaceti.
    • Other important waxes include carnauba wax and spermaceti.


mid 19th century: from Portuguese, from Tupi.

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