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divi-divi

[div-ee-div-ee]
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noun, plural div·i-div·is, div·i-div·i.
  1. a tropical American shrub or small tree, Caesalpinia coriaria, of the legume family, the astringent pods of which are used in tanning and dyeing.
  2. the related species C. spinosa.
  3. the pods of either plant.

Origin of divi-divi

1825–35; < Spanish < Carib
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Examples from the Web for divi-divi

Historical Examples

  • Oakwood and quebracho extracts, and divi-divi or algarobilla.

    Leather

    K. J. Adcock

  • Divi-Divi (caesalpinia coriaria) is the dried pods of a Central American tree.

    Leather

    K. J. Adcock

  • Divi-divi resembles a dried pea-shuck curled up, filled with yellow powder, and a few dark brown seeds.

  • Algarobilla and divi-divi are the fruit pods of several species of American csalpina.

    Animal Proteins

    Hugh Garner Bennett


British Dictionary definitions for divi-divi

divi-divi

noun plural -divis or -divi
  1. a tropical American leguminous tree, Caesalpinia coriaria
  2. the pods of this plant, which yield a substance used in tanning leather

Word Origin

C19: from Spanish, of Cariban origin
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