1. A tropical American evergreen tree (Genipa americana) having yellowish-white flowers and edible fruits used in preserves or drinks. The fruits yield dark blue dye that is used as a body paint by Indians of tropical America.
2. The reddish-brown fruit of this plant. In both senses also called genip.
[Portuguese genipapo, from Tupí jenipapo, from yandi-ipab, genipap fruit.]
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