noun Etymology: Portuguese babaçú, from Tupi *ɨβáwasú, from ɨβá fruit + -wasú large Date: 1917 a tall pinnate-leaved palm (Orbignya phalerata syn. O. barbosiana) of Brazil with hard-shelled nuts yielding a valuable oil

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  • babassu — abassu n. 1. a tall feather palm of northern Brazil ({Orbignya barbosiana}) with hard shelled nuts yielding a valuable oil ({) with hard shelled nuts yielding a valuable oil (}) and a kind of vegetable ivory. Syn: babassu palm, coco de macao,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • babassu — ● babassu nom masculin Grand palmier du Brésil, dont les fruits contiennent des grains fournissant une huile comparable à celle du coprah …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • babassu — [bä΄bə so͞o′] n. [Port babaçú] any of a genus (Orbignya) of Brazilian palms whose edible nuts furnish an oil used in making soap, margarine, etc …   English World dictionary

  • babassu — noun tall feather palm of northern Brazil with hard shelled nuts yielding valuable oil and a kind of vegetable ivory • Syn: ↑babassu palm, ↑coco de macao, ↑Orbignya phalerata, ↑Orbignya spesiosa, ↑Orbignya martiana • Hypernyms: ↑feather palm …   Useful english dictionary

  • babassu — /bah beuh sooh /, n. a palm, Orbignya barbosiana, of northeastern Brazil, bearing nuts that yield babassu oil. [1920 25; < Pg babaçú < Tupi, equiv. to ybá fruit + guasu large] * * * …   Universalium

  • babassu — puošnioji atalė statusas T sritis vardynas apibrėžtis Arekinių šeimos aliejinis augalas (Attalea speciosa). Naudojamas kaip daržovė, kuro pakaitalas, iš jo gaunamas alkoholis. atitikmenys: lot. Attalea speciosa; Orbignya barbosiana; Orbignya… …   Lithuanian dictionary (lietuvių žodynas)

  • Babassu — Babassupalme Babassupalme (Orbignya phalerata) Systematik Klasse: Einkeimblättrige (Liliopsida) …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • babassu — noun a tall Brazilian feather palm, Orbignya barbosiana, having hard shelled nuts that yield an edible oil Syn: coco de macao …   Wiktionary

  • babassu — ba·bàs·su s.m.inv. TS → babaco {{line}} {{/line}} DATA: 1955. ETIMO: dal portogh. babaçú, da una voce tupì …   Dizionario italiano

  • babassu — n. tall palm tree found in Brazil that bears hard shelled nut which produces oil (used in the manufacture of margarine, cooking oil, soap and cosmetics) …   English contemporary dictionary

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