Definition of genipapo in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌjenəˈpapō/
(also genipap tree /ˈjenəˌpap/)

noun (plural genipapos)

1A tropical American tree of the bedstraw family that yields useful timber. Its fruit has a jellylike pulp that is used for flavoring drinks and to make a black dye. Also called genip.
  • Genipa americana, family Rubiaceae.
Example sentences
  • The heavy leaf fall of the genipap is important in improving the soil of the plantation.
  • The Kayapo wear intricate beadwork and headdresses in ceremonies and decorate their bodies with dye coming from the plants genipapo and urucu.
  • The hillsides are intensely covered by molle pepper trees, ferns and genipaps that make a deep contrast with the grey and pink coloured rocks.
1.1A drink, flavoring, or dye made from the genipapo fruit.
Example sentences
  • They are famous for tattooing around their mouths with genipapo, a black dye made from an Amazonian fruit.
  • They also collect large quantities of genipapo for body painting, vines for fishing, and a great variety of medicinal plants.
  • They have their bodies painted with annatto dye and genipap.


Early 17th century: from Portuguese jenipapo, from Tupi.

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Syllabification: gen·i·pa·po

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