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.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • 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)



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