wax palm

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n wax palm palm of the Andes yielding a resinous wax which is mixed with tallow to make candles
    • n wax palm Brazilian fan palm having an edible root; source of a useful leaf fiber and a brittle yellowish wax
    • n wax palm South American palm yielding a wax similar to carnauba wax
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Wax palm (Bot) A species of palm (Ceroxylon Andicola) native of the Andes, the stem of which is covered with a secretion, consisting of two thirds resin and one third wax, which, when melted with a third of fat, makes excellent candles.
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Usage

In literature:

I had the wax in the palm of my hand, and I shall make my duplicate this afternoon.
"The Amateur Cracksman" by E. W. Hornung
It is a simple thing to make an impression in wax or chewing gum palmed in the hand.
"Constance Dunlap" by Arthur B. Reeve
Its waters are open to all nations, and traders exchange manufactured goods for ivory, palm-oil, coffee and caoutchouc, bees-wax and fruits.
"The Nuttall Encyclopaedia" by Edited by Rev. James Wood
Palm soap, } Green oil, wax, } each, 1 oz.
"The Art of Perfumery" by G. W. Septimus Piesse
In the church are six silver candlesticks, nine palms high, made to hold wax flambeaux.
"A Year's Journey through France and Part of Spain, 1777" by Philip Thicknesse
The island is very craggy; it abounds in palm-trees, potatoes, yams, and wax.
"The Philippine Islands, 1493-1803, Volume V., 1582-1583" by Various
Before thou art bound, thou shalt knead soft wax in thy palms and fill the ears of thy companions with it, that no sound may enter.
"Odysseus, the Hero of Ithaca" by Homer
Another "wax-palm," called "Carnauba," is found in South America.
"Popular Adventure Tales" by Mayne Reid
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In poetry:

To the verdant Savannah, and palm-shaded plain,
Where the Nile rolls his water, we hurry again;
There rest we till summer’s sun, waxing too hot,
Makes us wish for our native, our hill-girded spot.
"Birds Of Passage (From The Swedish)" by George Borrow

In news:

GoodLight Natural Candles are made from palm wax, an inexpensive and sustainable alternative to para.
T hese cool ripple candles are made in USA of palm wax, a vegetable oil that burns clean and is harvested from a sustainable palm tree farm.
Second, they're composed of clean-burning, soot-free, long-lasting palm wax , which just so happens to — and this is third — form crystalline starburst patterns that appear gem-like when lit from within.
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