Definitions

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

  • n. A shrubby spurge (Euphorbia antisyphilitica) native to southwest Texas and Mexico, having densely clustered, erect, essentially leafless stems that yield a multipurpose wax.

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

  • n. wax-coated Mexican shrub related to Euphorbia antisyphilitica
  • n. wax-coated shrub of northern Mexico and southwestern United States

Etymologies

American Spanish, diminutive of Spanish candela, candle, from Latin cand─ôla; see candle.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • Look for mascaras with hard-working ingredients like my Long Black Mascara which boasts candelilla wax, beeswax and allantoin to keep lashes in top-notch form.

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  • Wax - Waxes can be beeswax, candelilla wax, jasmine wax, orange wax and ozokerite wax.

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  • For vegans, candelilla wax is the preferred alternative since it is derived from a plant.

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  • Another distinctive plant is candelilla, or wax plant.

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  • In areas with shallow soils of good drainage, a scrub dominated by candelilla (Euphorbia antisyphilitica), Agave lechuguilla, Acacia glandulifera and Mimosa zygophylla develops.

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  • The stone walls of Ocotillo, a Southwestern fine-dining restaurant, are the originals built by Rex Ivey, an early settler of Lajitas and a farmer and trader in candelilla wax, a product of the local, spiky-leafed plant that dots the surrounding desert.

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  • Once jojoba wax is available in commercial quantities on a regular basis, it may be able to seize a sizable part of the wax market, but only if it can be produced at prices comparable to those of waxes such as beeswax, carnauba, and candelilla.

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  • Part I I l: A survey of candelilla and candelilla wax.

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  • HODGE, W.H. and SINEATH, H.H. (1956) The Mexican candelilla plant and its wax.

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  • Long Black Mascara which boasts candelilla wax, beeswax and allantoin to keep lashes in top-notch form.

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