oiticica

noun
oi·​ti·​ci·​ca | \ ˌȯi-tə-ˈsē-kə How to pronounce oiticica (audio) \

Definition of oiticica

: any of several South American trees especially : a Brazilian tree (Licania rigida) with seeds that yield a drying oil similar to tung oil

First Known Use of oiticica

1857, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for oiticica

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

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“Oiticica.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/oiticica. Accessed 26 Nov. 2020.

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