(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.
- 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.
- 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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