One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1The edible fruit of a tropical American tree.
- ‘A man holds up a bunch of genips, oval green fruits with skin like a clementine orange and flesh like a grape.’
- ‘As we munched on genips and slapped mosquitoes, we were entertained by numerous and colorful birds, which would make a bird-watcher cringe with envy.’
- ‘Some that may be new to you and worth trying are genip, soursop, sugar apple, figs, tamarind and sea grapes.’
- ‘Bougainvillea and hibiscus are in continuous bloom and while the coconut palms and seagrapes offer shade, the genips are ripe for picking and eating.’
- ‘Mango, papaya and genips grow wild in the forest, which is not technically a rain forest but looks the part with dripping trees and muddy trails to hike along.’
2Either of two tropical American trees that yield genips.
(also 'guinep') a large spreading tree (Melicoccus bijugatus, family Sapindaceae).
another term for genipapo
- ‘The Turks & Caicos National Museum was originally called Guinep House after the large genipap tree in the front yard.’
- ‘Certain tropical fruit trees produce perfect flowers with male and female sexual parts (guavas and passion fruits) while other types have trees of separate sexes (genips and date palms).’
- ‘Some seeds germinate; and if they are left alone, they will grow into a guinep tree that eventually bears fruit.’
- ‘Almost a hundred years later, the ingazeiros, the genipap trees and the trees of noble wood seen during the expeditions of the geographical commission have disappeared.’
Mid 18th century: from American Spanish quenepo ‘guinep tree’, quenepa, denoting the fruit.
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