oi·​ti·​ci·​ca ˌȯi-tə-ˈsē-kə How to pronounce oiticica (audio)
: any of several South American trees
especially : a Brazilian tree (Licania rigida) with seeds that yield a drying oil similar to tung oil

Word History


Portuguese, from Tupi witɨsɨ́ka, from wití, the tree Licania tomentosa + ɨsɨ́ka resin

First Known Use

1857, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of oiticica was in 1857

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Cite this Entry

“Oiticica.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/oiticica. Accessed 8 Jun. 2023.

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