capulin

noun ca·pu·lin \¦käpə¦lēn\
variants: less commonly

capuli

\-lē\ or

capolin

\-pə¦lēn\

Definition of capulin

plural

-s

  1. 1 :  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

  2. 2 :  a tropical American tree (Trema micrantha) the bark of which yields a strong fiber

  3. 3 :  a ground cherry (Physalis pubescens)

  4. 4 :  a Mexican timber tree (Condalia obovata) whose hard wood furnishes a blue dye

  5. 5 :  calabur tree

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Origin and Etymology of capulin

American Spanish capulín, capulí, from Nahuatl capulin


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