variants or less commonly capuli
or capolin
plural -s
: a Mexican tree (Prunus capuli) that is sometimes considered to be a form of black cherry (P. serotina) and that yields a sap used in native remedies and has edible cherries of which the kernels of the pits furnish a flour
: a tropical American tree (Trema micrantha) the bark of which yields a strong fiber
: a ground cherry (Physalis pubescens)
: a Mexican timber tree (Condalia obovata) whose hard wood furnishes a blue dye

Word History


American Spanish capulín, capulí, from Nahuatl capulin

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“Capulin.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Apr. 2024.

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