Definitions

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In the Bahamas, the fruit of Achras serpentaria (Lucuma serpentaria of Humboldt, Bonpland, and Kunth). It is of the size of a small egg, has a thick skin, and is edible.

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Examples

  • Daily rations were limited to three hundred grams of black bread and pepper-pods, egg-fruit (an egg-shaped orange-yellow sweet fruit), rice-mill siftings, or cabbage, an inadequate diet upon which to survive.

    Pursuit of an 'Unparalleled Opportunity': The American YMCA and Prisoner of War Diplomacy among the Central Power Nations during World War I

  • Decades of exploration have filled backyards with miracle fruits, jackfruits and egg fruits, used locally to make a milk shake called “egg-fruit nog.”

    The Fruit Hunters

  • I tried to apologize, but the egg-fruit man stormed off.

    The Fruit Hunters

  • The good woman was terribly perplexed, but went on peeling as gently as she could, wondering all the time what had bewitched the egg-fruit, until she had cut quite through the rind, when – what do you think happened?

    Tales of the Punjab

  • But when she sat down and began to peel the egg-fruit, she heard a tiny voice say quite distinctly, 'Take care!

    Tales of the Punjab

  • Then the Brahman said to his wife, 'We must eat the egg-fruit; go and cut it, and prepare it for dinner.'

    Tales of the Punjab

  • The good woman was terribly perplexed, but went on peeling as gently as she could, wondering all the time what had bewitched the egg-fruit, until she had cut quite through the rind, when -- what do you think happened?

    Tales of the Punjab

  • It was lost in the stained glass, checked by dark bishops, and opaque saints completely filling the dusky-bordered windows with the dead hues of a Persian rug; the panes absorbed the sun's rays, refracting none, arrested the powdered gold of the sunbeams in the dull violet of purple egg-fruit, the tawny browns of tinder or tan, the too-blue greens, and the wine-coloured red stained with soot, like the thick juice of mulberries.

    The Cathedral

  • Orleans plums or purple egg-fruit, the browns are of the hue of burnt sugar, the chive-coloured greens turn dark.

    The Cathedral

  • A dozen well-grown plants will supply a large family with egg-fruit.

    The Home Acre

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