Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A Brazilian feather-leaved palm (Orbignya barbosiana) having hard-shelled fruits whose seeds yield an edible vegetable oil.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. a tall Brazilian feather palm, Orbignya barbosiana, having hard-shelled nuts that yield an edible oil

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. a tall feather palm of northern Brazil (Orbignya barbosiana) with hard-shelled nuts yielding a valuable oil (babassu oil) and a kind of vegetable ivory.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. tall feather palm of northern Brazil with hard-shelled nuts yielding valuable oil and a kind of vegetable ivory

Etymologies

Portuguese babaçú, from Tupi babassú, ibabassú : ibá, fruit + -bassú, variant of -assú, -guassú, big.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Portuguese, from Tupi (Wiktionary)

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  • I've seen clothing that has buttons made of vegetable ivory.

    January 4, 2008

  • And what on earth would you do with 'vegetable ivory'?

    January 4, 2008

  • Hmmm. Definr.com has this definition:
    n : tall feather palm of northern Brazil with hard-shelled nuts yielding valuable oil and a kind of vegetable ivory
    Orbignya spesiosa, Orbignya martiana'>syn: babassu palm, coco de macao, Orbignya phalerata, Orbignya spesiosa, Orbignya martiana

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