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See also: tabebuia



From a Tupian word tacyba (ant) + bebuya (wood), because hollowed-out tabebuias are often inhabited by ants; the contracted form may have existed in Tupi[1] or been introduced by Gomes.[2]

Proper noun[edit]

Tabebuia f

  1. (sensu lato) A taxonomic genus within the family Bignoniaceae – trees including certain trumpet trees, ipe, pau d’arco, and lapacho.
  2. (sensu stricto) A taxonomic genus within the family Bignoniaceae – excluding species now in Handroanthus and Roseodendron.




  1. ^ Tabebuia”, in Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary, Springfield, Mass.: Merriam-Webster, 1996–present.
  2. ^ Alwyn H. Gentry, Tabebuia (Bignoniaceae) in Central America (1969), page 30: "Nevertheless, Gomes did introduce the word "tabebuia" a contraction of "tacyba bebuya" meaning "ant wood" in the Tupi Indian dialect ..."