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acerola

[as-uh-roh-luh] /ˌæs əˈroʊ lə/
noun
1.
the cherrylike fruit of a small tree, Malpighia glabra, of the West Indies and adjacent areas, having a high concentration of vitamin C.
2.
the tree itself.
Also called Barbados cherry, Puerto Rican cherry.
Origin
1940-1945
1940-45; < American Spanish; Spanish: a species of hawthorn, Crataegus azarolus < Arabic al-zu"rūr the acerola
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acerola

/ˌæsəˈrəʊlə/
noun
1.
a small tree or shrub, Malpighia glabra, that grows in the rainforests of N South America, Central America, and Jamaica
2.
the small, soft, bright red fruit of this tree, which looks like a cherry but has a sharp flavour
Also called Amazon cherry
Word Origin
C21: from Portuguese
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acerola

common name for various tropical and subtropical trees and shrubs of the genera Bunchiosa and Malpighia (family Malpighiaceae), especially M. glabra, M. punicifolia, and M. urens.

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