One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An aromatic plant oil or resin used in medicines and perfumes.
These resins are obtained from plants of the genus Copaifera
- ‘The part of the copaiba tree that is used is the oleoresin (a clear yellow resin) accumulated in cavities within the trunk; it is obtained by making incisions in the tree trunk.’
- ‘If you are allergic to balsam of Tolu or any of the products, you should make sure to use pure copaiba oil.’
- ‘Most pharmacies sell copaiba oil, either in small bottles over the counter or in the form of capsules.’
- ‘The oil (which see) is the best form for obtaining the effects of copaiba upon the respiratory tract.’
Early 17th century: via Portuguese from Tupi copaiba, Guarani cupaiba.
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