carapa

noun ca·rapa \ kəˈrapə \

Definition of carapa

1 capitalized :a small genus of tropical trees (family Meliaceae) having abruptly pinnate leaves and flowers with four or five petals and monadelphous stamens
2 plural -s or less commonly carap \kəˈrap\ or crab play \ˈkrab\
[carap, short for carapa; crab, by folk etymology from carapa]
:any tree of the genus Carapa
  • carap wood
  • crab nut
— see crabwood

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Origin and Etymology of carapa

New Latin, from Galibi carapa, krapa, literally, oil


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