divi-divi

noun

di·​vi-di·​vi ˌdē-vē-ˈdē-vē How to pronounce divi-divi (audio)
ˌdi-vē-ˈdi-vē
: a small tropical American tree (Caesalpinia coriaria) of the legume family with twisted astringent pods that contain a large proportion of tannin

Word History

Etymology

American Spanish dividivi, probably from Cumaná (extinct Cariban language of northern Venezuela) or a cognate Cariban word

First Known Use

circa 1837, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of divi-divi was circa 1837

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Cite this Entry

“Divi-divi.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/divi-divi. Accessed 16 Jul. 2024.

Medical Definition

divi-divi

noun
1
: a small leguminous tropical American tree of the genus Caesalpinia (C. coriaria) with twisted astringent pods that contain a large proportion of tannin
2
: the pods of the divi-divi
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