Definition of divi-divi in English:



  • 1A small tropical American tree of the pea family.

    Caesalpinia coriaria, family Leguminosae

    • ‘There is an indigenous tree, the divi-divi, which has a slightly peculiar response to the wind.’
    • ‘We were pondering just that question in September 1998 while relaxing beneath the windblown divi-divi trees in Aruba.’
    • ‘Thanks to constant trade winds, the divi-divis serve as a natural compass: they're bent toward the island's leeward - or western - side, where most of the hotels are.’
    • ‘Rumor has it that divi-divis can grow straight and true in tended hotel courtyards for the visitors who arrive daily.’
    1. 1.1mass noun The curled pods of the divi-divi tree, used as a source of tannin.
      ‘Divi-divi pods are used in the tanning industry as a substitute for sumac and oak gall apples.’
      ‘'Divi-divi' pods appear to have been used by the inhabitants of. Central American countries from very early times for local tanning and for dyeing.’


Mid 19th century via American Spanish from Carib.