divi divi


noun, plural divi-divis, divi-divi.
a tropical American shrub or small tree, Caesalpinia coriaria, of the legume family, the astringent pods of which are used in tanning and dyeing.
the related species C. spinosa.
the pods of either plant.

1825–35; < Spanish < Carib

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divi-divi (ˌdɪvɪˈdɪvɪ)
n , pl -divis, -divi
1.  a tropical American leguminous tree, Caesalpinia coriaria
2.  the pods of this plant, which yield a substance used in tanning leather
[C19: from Spanish, of Cariban origin]

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