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wax palm

n.
Any of several palm trees that yield wax, as Copernicia prunifera of Brazil, the source of carnauba wax, or Ceroxylon quindiuense of the Andes Mountains.

wax palm

n
1. (Plants) a tall Andean palm tree, Ceroxylon andicola, having pinnate leaves that yield a resinous wax used in making candles
2. (Plants) another name for carnauba1

wax′ palm`


n.
1. a tall, pinnate-leaved palm, Ceroxylon alpinum (or C. andicola), of the Andes, whose stem and leaves yield a resinous wax.
2. any of several other palms that are the source of wax, as the carnauba.
[1820–30]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.wax palm - South American palm yielding a wax similar to carnauba wax
fan palm - palm having palmate or fan-shaped leaves
Copernicia, genus Copernicia - slow-growing tropical fan palms
2.wax palm - Brazilian fan palm having an edible rootwax palm - Brazilian fan palm having an edible root; source of a useful leaf fiber and a brittle yellowish wax
fan palm - palm having palmate or fan-shaped leaves
Copernicia, genus Copernicia - slow-growing tropical fan palms
carnauba, carnauba wax - hard yellowish to brownish wax from leaves of the carnauba palm used especially in floor waxes and polishes
3.wax palm - palm of the Andes yielding a resinous wax which is mixed with tallow to make candleswax palm - palm of the Andes yielding a resinous wax which is mixed with tallow to make candles
feather palm - palm having pinnate or featherlike leaves
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