One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An aromatic plant oil or resin used in medicines and perfumes.
- ‘If you are allergic to balsam of Tolu or any of the products, you should make sure to use pure copaiba oil.’
- ‘The oil (which see) is the best form for obtaining the effects of copaiba upon the respiratory tract.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Most pharmacies sell copaiba oil, either in small bottles over the counter or in the form of capsules.’
Early 17th century: via Portuguese from Tupi copaiba, Guarani cupaiba.
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