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[div-ee-div-ee] /ˈdɪv iˈdɪv i/
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.
Origin of divi-divi
1825-35; < Spanish < Carib Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • divi-divi (caesalpinia coriaria) is the dried pods of a Central American tree.

    Leather K. J. Adcock
  • Oakwood and quebracho extracts, and divi-divi or algarobilla.

    Leather K. J. Adcock
  • divi-divi resembles a dried pea-shuck curled up, filled with yellow powder, and a few dark brown seeds.

  • Algarobilla and divi-divi are the fruit pods of several species of American csalpina.

    Animal Proteins Hugh Garner Bennett
British Dictionary definitions for divi-divi


noun (pl) -divis, -divi
a tropical American leguminous tree, Caesalpinia coriaria
the pods of this plant, which yield a substance used in tanning leather
Word Origin
C19: from Spanish, of Cariban origin
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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