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divi-divi

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Pronunciation: /ˈdɪvɪˌdɪvi
 
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Definition of divi-divi in English:

noun (plural divi-divis)

1A small tropical American tree of the pea family.
  • Caesalpinia coriaria, family Leguminosae
Example sentences
  • There is an indigenous tree, the divi-divi, which has a slightly peculiar response to the wind.
  • We were pondering just that question in September 1998 while relaxing beneath the windblown divi-divi trees in Aruba.
  • Thanks to constant trade winds, the divi-divis serve as a natural compass: they're bent toward the island's leeward - or western - side, where most of the hotels are.
1.1 [mass noun] The curled pods of the divi-divi tree, used as a source of tannin.
Example sentences
  • Divi-divi pods are used in the tanning industry as a substitute for sumac and oak gall apples.
  • 'Divi-divi' pods appear to have been used by the inhabitants of. Central American countries from very early times for local tanning and for dyeing.

Origin

mid 19th century: via American Spanish from Carib.

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