noun ca·ti·vo \kəˈtē(ˌ)vō, -və\
variants: less commonly



Definition of cativo



  1. :  a large tree (Prioria copaifera) of the family Leguminosae of Panama

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Origin and Etymology of cativo

modification of American Spanish cativa, from Spanish, feminine of cativo captive, miserable, from Latin captivus captive — more at captive

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to cast off or become cast off

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