Definition of caatinga in English:



  • [mass noun] (in Brazil) vegetation in semi-arid country consisting of thorny shrubs and stunted trees:

    [as modifier] ‘caatinga forest’
    • ‘Because these forest enclaves are more fertile than the surrounding caatinga scrub, humans prefer to live in them.’
    • ‘Other discrete vegetation types associated with the caatinga are distinctive palm stands.’
    • ‘The objective of this paper is to derive biomass estimation models for ten of the most important caatinga species.’
    • ‘Long a hide-out for bandits, rebels and visionaries, the caatinga also earns a reputation as a mystical badlands.’
    • ‘The caatinga also harbors a long history of social unrest.’


Via Portuguese from Tupi, from caá natural vegetation + tinga white.