Definition of caatinga in English:

caatinga

Line breaks: caa|tinga
Pronunciation: /ˈkɑːtɪŋgə
 
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noun

[mass noun]
(In Brazil) vegetation in semi-arid country consisting of thorny shrubs and stunted trees: [as modifier]: caatinga forest
More example sentences
  • The caatinga also harbors a long history of social unrest.
  • Other discrete vegetation types associated with the caatinga are distinctive palm stands.
  • Long a hide-out for bandits, rebels and visionaries, the caatinga also earns a reputation as a mystical badlands.

Origin

via Portuguese from Tupi, from caá 'natural vegetation' + tinga 'white'.

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