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[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.
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