yellow mombin

yellow mombin

[mohm-been]
noun
a tropical American tree, Spondias mombin, having yellowish-white flowers and yellow, oval, edible fruit.
Also called hog plum.


Origin:
mombin < French (or < American Spanish mombín) < Carib

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yellow mombin

(species Spondias mombin), ornamental purplish green flowered tree, of the cashew family (Anacardiaceae), native to tropical areas of the world. The hog plum and several other species of the genus Spondias are cultivated for their edible, plumlike fruits, called ciruela. The large stone in each fruit bears many spines and is difficult to separate from the pulp

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