Mammee apple

mammee

[mah-mey, -mee]
noun
1.
a tall, tropical American tree, Mammea americana, having thick, glossy leaves and fragrant white flowers.
2.
the usually round, edible fruit of this tree, having a russet-colored rind and yellow, juicy flesh.
Also, mamey, mammey.
Also called mammee apple (for defs 1, 2).


Origin:
1565–75; < Spanish mamey, perhaps < Taino

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mamey, mammee or mammee apple (mæˈmiː)
 
n
1.  a tropical American tree, Mammea americana, cultivated for its large edible fruits: family Clusiaceae
2.  the fruit of this tree, having yellow pulp and a red skin
3.  another name for the marmalade tree
 
[C16: from Spanish mamey, from Haitian]
 
mammee, mammee or mammee apple
 
n
 
[C16: from Spanish mamey, from Haitian]
 
mammee apple, mammee or mammee apple
 
n
 
[C16: from Spanish mamey, from Haitian]

mammee (mæˈmiː)
 
n
a variant spelling of mamey

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mammee apple

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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