One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A small tropical American tree of the pea family.
Caesalpinia coriaria, family Leguminosae
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- 1.1mass noun The curled pods of the divi-divi tree, used as a source of tannin.
- ‘'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.’
- ‘Divi-divi pods are used in the tanning industry as a substitute for sumac and oak gall apples.’
Mid 19th century: via American Spanish from Carib.
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