- a tropical American tree, Genipa americana, of the madder family, bearing an edible fruit used for preserves or in making beverages.
- the fruit itself.
Origin of genipap
1605–15; < Portuguese genipapo < Tupi ianipaba
Also called marmalade box.
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Genipap, jen′i-pap, n. a large West Indian tree with excellent fruit.
- an evergreen Caribbean rubiaceous tree, Genipa americana, with reddish-brown edible orange-like fruits
- the fruit of this tree
C17: from Portuguese genipapo, from Tupi