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[mah-mey, -mee] /mɑˈmeɪ, -ˈmi/
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British Dictionary definitions for mamey


a tropical American tree, Mammea americana, cultivated for its large edible fruits: family Clusiaceae
the fruit of this tree, having yellow pulp and a red skin
another name for the marmalade tree
Word Origin
C16: from Spanish mamey, from Haitian
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Encyclopedia Article for mamey

fruit of Mammea americana, a large, primarily West Indian tree of the garcinia family (Clusiaceae), with opposite, leathery, gland-dotted leaves; white, sweet-scented, short-stalked, solitary or clustered axillary flowers; and yellow or russet fruit, 7-15 cm (3-6 inches) in diameter. The bitter rind encloses a sweet, aromatic flesh, which is eaten raw and also used for preserves. Its one to four large, rough seeds are bitter and resinous and are used as an antiworming agent. An aromatic liqueur distilled from the flowers is called eau de Creole. The acrid, resinous gum has been used locally for destroying skin-infesting chigoe fleas.

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