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A Brazilian feather-leaved palm (Orbignya phalerata) having hard-shelled fruits whose seeds yield an oil used in food and skin-care products and as a biofuel.

[Portuguese babaçú, from Tupí babassú, ibabassú : ibá, fruit + -bassú, variant of -assú, -guassú, big.]


(Plants) a Brazilian palm tree, Orbignya martiana (or O. speciosa), having hard edible nuts that yield an oil used in making soap, margarine, etc
[from Portuguese babaçú, from a native Amerindian word]


(ˌbɑ bəˈsu)

n., pl. -sus.
a palm, Orbignya barbosiana, of NE Brazil, bearing nuts that yield an oil used in the manufacture of soaps and cosmetics and as a cooking oil.
[1920–25; < Portuguese babaçú]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.babassu - tall feather palm of northern Brazil with hard-shelled nuts yielding valuable oil and a kind of vegetable ivorybabassu - tall feather palm of northern Brazil with hard-shelled nuts yielding valuable oil and a kind of vegetable ivory
feather palm - palm having pinnate or featherlike leaves
genus Orbignya, Orbignya - palms of southern Mexico to northern South America: babassu palm
babassu nut - hard-shelled nut of the babassu palm
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Today, Mielle is armed with an array of products, including such bestsellers as Babassu Oil and Mint Deep Conditioning Protein/Moisture Replenishes Detangling Co-Wash, Moisturizing Avocado Hair Milk, Adult Healthy Hair Formula and the White Peony Leave-In Conditioner.
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Its plant-oil base is made up of eight different oils, includingargan, avocado, babassu, and cranberry.
We added babassu oil, which is rich in essential fatty acids, to help nourish and moisturize the hair shaft.
Mucor circinelloides whole-cells as a biocatalyst for the production of ethyl esters based on babassu oil.
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Given the above and considering the adaptation of cattle in relation to shading in silvopastoral systems, the goal of this study was to evaluate the influence of different densities of babassu palm trees in agroforestry systems on the grazing behavior and the spatial distribution of cattle feces in pastures of Urochloa brizantha cv.
Residues such as wheat bran, rice bran, soybean bran, barley bran, soy oil cake, olive oil cake, gingelly oil cake, babassu oil cake, coconut oil cake, sugarcane bagasse and pumpkin seeds have been reported to be effective for lipase production (Edwinoliver et al.
The results obtained in this study are similar to those found for babassu (245 to 256) and coconut oils (248 to 265) and above value found for palm oil (190 to 209), in relation to the iodine index, as well as for the saponification index, those of buriti flour are similar to those of babassu flour (10 to 18) and coconut flour (6 to 11) and different from that expected for palm oil, whose value varies between 50 and 60 (BRASIL, 2001).