variants or less commonly catinga
plural -s
: stunted rather sparse forest that is leafless in the dry season and is widespread in areas of small rainfall in northeastern Brazil

Word History


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

First Known Use

1821, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of caatinga was in 1821

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“Caatinga.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Sep. 2023.

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