aca·​pu | \ ¦äkə¦pü \
plural -s

Definition of acapu

1a : any of several tropical American timber trees of the genus Andira (especially A. americana)
b : the dark chocolate-brown wood of the acapu tree widely used especially in Brazil for flooring and heavy construction
2a : an Amazonian leguminous tree (Clathrotropsis nitida)
b : the wood of this tree used for heavy construction

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First Known Use of acapu

1852, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for acapu

Portuguese acapú, from Tupi

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“Acapu.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 25 January 2020.

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