barbados cherry


the cherrylike fruit of a small tree, Malpighia glabra, of the West Indies and adjacent areas, having a high concentration of vitamin C.
the tree itself.
Also called Barbados cherry, Puerto Rican cherry.

1940–45; < American Spanish; Spanish: a species of hawthorn, Crataegus azarolus < Arabic al-zu"rūr the acerola Unabridged
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acerola (ˌæsəˈrəʊlə)
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
[C21: from Portuguese]

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