candelilla wax

candelilla wax

      hard, yellowish tan to brown wax found as a coating on candelilla shrubs, Euphorbia antisyphilitica or Euphorbia cerifera, which grow wild in northern Mexico and Texas. Candelilla wax resembles carnauba wax but is less hard. Because it blends with other waxes and is less costly, candelilla wax is used chiefly as an extender in formulas containing carnauba, paraffin, and other waxes. It has been used in polishes, paints, inks, waterproofing, and carbon paper.

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  • Candelilla wax — is a wax derived from the leaves of the small Candelilla shrub native to northern Mexico and the southwestern United States, Euphorbia cerifera and Euphorbia antisyphilitica , from the family Euphorbiaceae . It is yellowish brown, hard, brittle… …   Wikipedia

  • candelilla wax — noun a hard brown wax that occurs as a coating on candelilla shrubs • Hypernyms: ↑wax • Substance Holonyms: ↑candelilla, ↑Euphorbia antisyphilitica, ↑Pedilanthus bracteatus, ↑Pedilanthus pavonis …   Useful english dictionary

  • candelilla wax — noun a yellow brown wax obtained from leaves of several plants of the Euphorbia genus Syn: E902, glazing agent …   Wiktionary

  • candelilla — noun 1. wax coated Mexican shrub related to Euphorbia antisyphilitica • Syn: ↑Pedilanthus bracteatus, ↑Pedilanthus pavonis • Hypernyms: ↑slipper spurge, ↑slipper plant • Substance Meronyms: ↑candelilla wax …   Useful english dictionary

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  • candelilla — /kan dl ee euh/, n. a shrub, Euphorbia antisyphilitica, of the southwestern U.S. and Mexico, that is the source of a wax (candelilla wax) having various commercial uses. [1935 40; < AmerSp; Sp: small candle, equiv. to candel(a) CANDLE + illa dim …   Universalium

  • candelilla — ☆ candelilla [kan΄də lil′ə, kan΄dəlē′yə ] n. [AmSp < Sp, dim. of candela (< L), CANDLE] either of two shrubs (Euphorbia antisiphylitica or Pedilanthus pavonis) of the spurge family, native to the SW U.S. and Mexico, which yield a wax used… …   English World dictionary

  • wax — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) v. cere, grease, coat, smooth, polish; grow, increase, strengthen. See smoothness. n. tallow, paraffin, beeswax, cerumen, oil. II (Roget s IV) n. Waxes include: paraffin, resin, spermaceti, lanolin,… …   English dictionary for students

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