caatinga

noun caa·tin·ga \käˈtiŋgə, kə-\
variants: less commonly

catinga

Definition of caatinga

plural

-s

  1. :  stunted rather sparse forest that is leafless in the dry season and is widespread in areas of small rainfall in northeastern Brazil

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Origin and Etymology of caatinga

Portuguese, modification of Tupi caá-tinga white forest, from caá forest + tinga white


First Known Use: 1821


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