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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.]
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(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]
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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]
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|Noun||1.||babassu - 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
babassu nut - hard-shelled nut of the babassu palm
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