Definitions

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

  • n. A Brazilian palm tree (Copernicia prunifera) having densely waxy, fan-shaped leaves and toothed leafstalks.
  • n. A hard wax obtained from the leaves of this plant and used especially in polishes and floor waxes. Also called carnauba wax.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A Brazilian palm tree having waxy, fan-shaped leaves and toothed leafstalks.
  • n. The hard wax obtained from the leaves of this plant and used especially in polishes.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The Brazilian wax palm. See wax palm.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The Brazilian name of the palm Copernicia cerifera.
  • n. The wax obtained from this palm.

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

  • n. Brazilian fan palm having an edible root; source of a useful leaf fiber and a brittle yellowish wax
  • n. hard yellowish to brownish wax from leaves of the carnauba palm used especially in floor waxes and polishes

Etymologies

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

Portuguese, from Tupi carnaúba.

Examples

  • Because it is produced from liquid, unsaturated oil, which is more readily and cheaply purified than a solid such as carnauba, hydrogenated jojoba wax can be made exceptionally pure.

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  • Use carnauba-based furniture wax to polish the handle to a soft sheen.

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  • For people who may not like the fact that Vaseline is a mineral oil extract, there are other extracts that work just as effectively at keeping lips soft and nourished, such as jojoba seed oil, mango seed butter, carnauba wax, and cranberry seed oil.

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  • After his research established that sunburn was damaging 10% of the state's apple crop, Schrader developed Raynox, a carnauba-wax-based apple sunburn protectant.

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  • They go a bit limp and the grease coagulates just enough to coat your tongue with that carnauba waxiness.

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  • Then, hot-wax with natural tropical carnauba and buff to a brilliant shine.

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  • Dodo Juice, a new carnauba car wax, is launching today with a promise to offer consumers superwax performance at a high street price.

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  • “I thought it was time for a reality check – there is simply no need for a premium carnauba wax to cost much more than £30 given the cost of the raw ingredients.”

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  • “The most expensive carnauba waxes can cost up to £7000,” explained Dom Colbeck, the creator of Dodo Juice.

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  • Best known these days for the likes of Windex window cleaner and Raid insecticide, closely held Johnson Wax was founded as a parquetry maker 123 years ago and then took up manufacturing carnauba-wax products to protect its relatively delicate flooring.

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