Divi-Divi

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Divi-Divi

 

the chestnut brown, spiral or S-shaped fruit of the tree Caesalpinia coriaria (family Caesalpiniaceae) in Central and South America. In Venezuela the fruit is called los dividivos. The middle part of the pericarp contains tannins (about 42 percent of its weight). Divi-divi is used chiefly for tanning leather and manufacturing. Also used for tanning leather is the straight or slightly twisted fruit of the tree C. paipae, called false divi-divi.

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