Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A small tree (Caesalpinia coriaria) of the West Indies and South America, having compound leaves and long pods.
  • n. Tannin extracted from the pods of this tree.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Cæsalpinia coriaria, a leguminous tree of the southern Western Hemisphere
  • n. The seed-pods of Cæsalpinia coriaria, formerly used in tanning

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A small tree of tropical America (Cæsalpinia coriaria), whose legumes contain a large proportion of tannic and gallic acid, and are used by tanners and dyers.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The native and commercial name of Cæsalpinia coriaria and its pods.
  • n. A name given to the similar pods of C. tinetoria, which are used in Lima for making ink.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. twisted seed pods of the divi-divi tree; source of tannin
  • n. small thornless tree or shrub of tropical America whose seed pods are a source of tannin

Etymologies

Spanish dividivi, probably of Cariban or Arawakan origin.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Via Spanish, from a Cariban language. (Wiktionary)

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