Definition of tagua nut in US English:

tagua nut


  • another term for ivory nut
    • ‘Twenty percent of all buttons were made of tagua nuts in the 1920's.’
    • ‘Please note tagua nuts are notoriously difficult to hold onto, are so dense that you may end up burning the nut trying to cut it if your blade is moving too fast.’
    • ‘Deforestation is a significant problem in Ecuador, he observes, and so he encourages people to promote conservation by carving with tagua nuts and buying products made from tagua.’
    • ‘These lovely miniature sculptures, hand carved from the tagua nut are magnificent works of art, all hand made by the Wounaan and Embera Indians of the Darién province in the Republic of Panama.’
    • ‘The tagua nuts are carved manually with tools to create a unique and imaginary art inspired by the surrounding flora and fauna.’
    • ‘Add highly polished tagua nuts and asai and divi-divi seeds for a colorful and fun necklace or bracelet.’
    • ‘The harvesting of tagua nuts is a sustainable activity, helping to preserve the rainforest.’
    • ‘Actually, in areas where tagua nuts are gathered, production is continuous, although a peak in fruit production does exist in the dry season.’
    • ‘Artisans in Ecuador take a tagua nut, and through judicious carving sculpt very cute animals and birds.’
    • ‘The tagua nut is a natural resource harvested in a sustainable way; purchase of tagua products helps maintain the rain forests.’
    • ‘The tagua nuts grow in large armored clusters with each cluster containing many egg sized nuts.’
    • ‘Seeds of the palm or ‘tagua nuts’ take months or, reportedly, even a year or longer to germinate.’
    • ‘A native of the Andes mountains, tagua nuts have long been prized for their hard, white, close-grained ivory meat.’
    • ‘Another ecological incentive for using vegetable ivory is that renewed trade in tagua nuts could help protect endangered rain forests in Ecuador, Colombia and Peru.’


Mid 19th century: tagua, via Spanish from Quechua tawa.


tagua nut

/ˈtäɡwə ˌnət/