Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A tropical American evergreen shrub (Malpighia glabra) having pinkish flowers and red cherrylike edible fruits that are rich in vitamin C.
  • noun The fruit of this plant, used to make jellies and preserves and as a nutritional supplement.

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  • noun A tree of the West Indies and northern South America, Malpighia glabra.
  • noun The fruit of this tree, which is high in vitamin C.

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  • noun tropical American shrub bearing edible acid red fruit resembling cherries
  • noun acid red or yellow cherry-like fruit of a tropical American shrub very rich in vitamin C

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[American Spanish, from Spanish acerola, azarolla, fruit of the Neapolitan medlar (Crataegus azarolus), a Mediterranean hawthorn bearing tart fruit used in confections and preserves, from Arabic az-zu‘rūr (perhaps influenced by Latin cēreolus, wax-colored (plum)) : al-, the + zu‘rūr, Neapolitan medlar (from or akin to Aramaic za‘rārā, from Coptic srarooue : soure, thorn + arooue, arōou, Neapolitan medlar).]

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From Spanish acerola.

Examples

  • Vitamin C: A very potent antioxidant; use a natural form such as acerola, which contains associated micronutrients.

    LewRockwell.com

  • Vitamin C: A very potent antioxidant; use a natural form such as acerola, which contains associated micronutrients.

    foodconsumer.org

  • Mr. Cowell, 51 years old, sipped on his specially formulated antiaging smoothie, which he drinks daily, made with imported lingonberry, acerola berry, chokeberry and aronia juice flown in specially from exotic locations.

    The Judging of Simon Cowell

  • Sample as many sucos fruit juices as possible; especially don't miss açai, fruta de conde, and orange juice with acerola.

    Chris McGowan: Carnaval in Rio: How to Have Fun and Not Get Mugged

  • Carrot Essence also contains acerola powder, a potent natural source of vitamin C made from the acerola berry.

    Forever Young

  • Carrot Essence is made from fresh-squeezed organic carrot juice and whole acerola berries and contains all the nutrients, cofactors, and diverse antioxidants found naturally in these two whole foods.

    Forever Young

  • - Sample as many sucos (fruit juices) as possible; especially don't miss açai, fruta de conde, and orange juice with acerola.

    Chris McGowan: Carnaval in Rio: How to Have Fun and Not Get Mugged

  • Innocent Superfoods blackcurrent, acerola cherries and rosehip smoothie.

    The One With The Exotic Currency

  • This new limited edition vodka is flavored with an all-natural symphony of blueberry, acai berry, acerola, cherry, and fruity notes of pomegranate.

    Jodi Lipper and Cerina Vincent: Is The Antioxidant-Craze Crazy?

  • I taste an acerola, a bracingly tart red berry that, he says, has four thousand times more vitamin C than an orange.

    The Fruit Hunters

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