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A large tree of tropical South America, Caryocar villosum (family Caryocaraceae), grown commercially for timber and also valued locally for its oil-rich edible fruits and seeds (also "piquia tree"); the pale brown wood of this tree; the fruit of this tree. Also (partly by confusion): any of several related trees, especially the pequi, C. brasiliense.
Early 17th century; earliest use found in Samuel Purchas. FromBrazilian Portuguese† pequeâ, † piquiá, pequiá from Tupi piki'a. Compare post-classical Latin pequea, pekia, and scientific Latin Pekea, former genus name.
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