copaiba

noun
co·​pai·​ba | \ kō-ˈpī-bə How to pronounce copaiba (audio) , -ˈpā- How to pronounce copaiba (audio) \

Definition of copaiba

: a stimulant oleoresin obtained from several pinnate-leaved South American trees (genus Copaifera) of the legume family also : one of these trees

First Known Use of copaiba

1712, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for copaiba

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

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“Copaiba.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/copaiba. Accessed 26 January 2020.

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copaiba

noun
co·​pai·​ba | \ kō-ˈpī-bə How to pronounce copaiba (audio) , -ˈpā-; ˌkō-pə-ˈē-bə How to pronounce copaiba (audio) \

Medical Definition of copaiba

: 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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