Definition of genipapo in English:


Syllabification: gen·i·pa·po
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
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    • 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.
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    • 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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