ca·​pu·​lin | \ ¦käpə¦lēn \
variants: or less commonly capuli \ -​lē \ or capolin \ -​pə¦lēn \
plural -s

Definition of capulin

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 : a tropical American tree (Trema micrantha) the bark of which yields a strong fiber
3 : a ground cherry (Physalis pubescens)
4 : a Mexican timber tree (Condalia obovata) whose hard wood furnishes a blue dye

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History and Etymology for capulin

American Spanish capulín, capulí, from Nahuatl capulin

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“Capulin.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Aug. 2020.

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