from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Caribbean See chayote.
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- n. Alternative form of christophine.
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The word mirliton comes from a French word for a kazoo-type flute, although the squash itself is often called a "christophene" in France.
A member of the cucumber family, many Americans know mirliton as chayote squash or mango squash, since it originated in Mexico; in the Louisiana Bayou, Cajuns often use its French name, christophene.
It's pronounced chee OH tay and also goes by the names mirliton (Creole?) and christophene (French) and chokos (Australian, you know, that whole other language).
Harvest fare may feature pumpkin soup (13 East Caribbean dollars, or $4.95) and snapper with lemon grass, seasonal carrots and christophene, an island squash (51 E.C. dollars).
(UTC) also called, apparently, christophene or mirliton .... grange
[[User: Ro Thorpe | Ro Thorpe]] 23: 44, 8 November 2008 (UTC):: also called, apparently, christophene or mirliton ....
Failing that, select two christophene at the market.
(UTC) also called, apparently, christophene or mirliton ....