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divi-divi definitions

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

n
1: twisted seed pods of the divi-divi tree; source of tannin
2: small thornless tree or shrub of tropical America whose seed pods are a source of tannin [syn: divi-divi, Caesalpinia coriaria]

Merriam Webster's

noun Etymology: American Spanish dividivi, probably from Cumaná (extinct Cariban language of northern Venezuela) or a cognate Cariban word Date: circa 1837 a small tropical American tree (Caesalpinia coriaria) of the legume family with twisted astringent pods that contain a large proportion of tannin

Oxford Reference Dictionary

n. (pl. divi-divis) 1 a small tree, Caesalpinia coriaria, native to tropical Africa, bearing curved pods. 2 this pod used as a source of tannin. Etymology: Carib

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Divi-divi Di"vi-di"vi, n. [Native name.] (Bot.) A small tree of tropical America (C[ae]salpinia coriaria), whose legumes contain a large proportion of tannic and gallic acid, and are used by tanners and dyers.



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