co·​pai·​ba kō-ˈpī-bə How to pronounce copaiba (audio) -ˈpā- How to pronounce copaiba (audio)
: a stimulant oleoresin obtained from several pinnate-leaved South American trees (genus Copaifera) of the legume family
also : one of these trees

Examples of copaiba in a Sentence

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Word History


Spanish & Portuguese; Spanish, from Portuguese copaíba, from Tupi kopaʔɨ́βa

First Known Use

1712, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of copaiba was in 1712

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Cite this Entry

“Copaiba.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Dec. 2023.

Medical Definition


: an oleoresin obtained from several pinnate-leaved South American leguminous trees (genus Copaifera) that has a stimulant action on mucous membranes
also : one of these trees
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