Definitions

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

  • n. A tropical American evergreen tree (Genipa americana) having yellowish-white flowers and edible fruits used in preserves or drinks. The fruits yield dark blue dye that is used extensively as a body paint by Indians of tropical America.
  • n. The reddish-brown fruit of this plant.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The edible fruit of a West Indian tree Genipa Americana of the order Rubiaceæ, oval in shape, as a large as a small orange, of a pale greenish color, and with dark purple juice.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The edible fruit of a West Indian tree (Genipa Americana) of the order Rubiaceæ. It is oval in shape, as a large as a small orange, of a pale greenish color, and with dark purple juice.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The fruit of Genipa Americana, of the West Indies and South America.

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

  • n. a succulent orange-sized tropical fruit with a thick rind

Etymologies

Portuguese genipapo, from Tupi jenipapo, from yandi-ipab, genipap fruit.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • -- This belongs to the cinchona family, and produces the fruit called genipap or marmalade box.

    Catalogue of Economic Plants in the Collection of the U. S. Department of Agriculture

  • The marks on their bodies were of a different, dark juice, genipap, which was used to create the most intricate of geometrical designs; a form of decoration that tended to distract the eye from the otherwise total nakedness of the Xara females.

    River Of Desire

  • Because I was not brought up with my people, I am not very fast or very clever at the things a Xara woman must do - the weaving of baskets, the working with bark, the grating of manioc, the drawing of designs with genipap juice - "

    River Of Desire

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