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anchovy pear

the fruit of a West Indian tree, Grias cauliflora, somewhat resembling the mango.
the tree itself.
1690-1700 Unabridged
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anchovy pear

a Jamaican tree, Grias cauliflora, bearing edible fruits that taste like the mango: family Lecythidaceae
Word Origin
C18: so called from the use of the fruit as an hors d'oeuvre
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((Grias cauliflora), evergreen tree of the family Lecythidaceae, native to the West Indies. The tree is cultivated for its edible fruit. The plant grows to about 15 metres (50 feet) tall and bears spear-shaped, glossy leaves about 90 cm (35 inches) long that are produced in tufts at the ends of the branches. The fragrant yellow flowers are about 5 cm (2 inches) across. The fruit, which contains one seed, is pear-shaped, russet brown, 5-7 cm (2-3 inches) long, and rich in vitamin C.

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