[ kuh-lah-buh ]

  1. a tree, Calophyllum brasiliense, of the West Indies and Central and South America, having leathery leaves and fragrant white flowers.

  2. the reddish wood of this tree.

Origin of calaba

First recorded in 1745–55; from Colonial Spanish, from Carib; compare Galibi calaba, carapa “oil”

Words Nearby calaba Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

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