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
5 : calabur tree
Love words? You must — there are over 200,000 words in our free online dictionary, but you are looking for one that’s only in the Merriam-Webster Unabridged Dictionary.
Start your free trial today and get unlimited access to America's largest dictionary, with:
- More than 250,000 words that aren't in our free dictionary
- Expanded definitions, etymologies, and usage notes
- Advanced search features
- Ad free!
Origin and Etymology of capulin
American Spanish capulín, capulí, from Nahuatl capulin
Seen and Heard
What made you want to look up capulin? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).