from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of several feather-leaved South American palms, especially Euterpe edulis and E. oleracea, that are important sources of heart of palm.
- n. A beverage made from the fleshy purple fruit of one of these palms.
- adv. Music Very. Used in tempo directions: allegro assai.
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- adv. In music, a tempo direction equivalent to "very".
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- A direction equivalent to very.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- In music, very: as, allegro assai, very quick; adagio assai, very slow.
- n. A native name in Brazil of several species of palms of the genus Euterpe (which see).
Portuguese assaí, from Tupi assahi.
Italian, from Vulgar Latin *ad satis, to sufficiency; see asset.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)