Definitions

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A tropical American tree (Melicocca bijuga, or Melicocca bijugatus) bearing a small edible fruit with green leathery skin and sweet juicy translucent pulp.

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  • noun A tree, scientific name Melicoccus bijugatus, of the Sapindaceae family, native to Central and South America.
  • noun The fruit from the longan tree.

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  • noun tropical American tree bearing a small edible fruit with green leathery skin and sweet juicy translucent pulp

Etymologies

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

[American Spanish, from diminutive of mamón, papaya, genip, from Spanish, suckling, sucker (probably applied to the genip because the flesh of its fruit is sucked out of its skin whole), from mamar, to suck, from Old Spanish, from Latin mammāre, to give suck, from mamma, breast, teat; see mā- in Indo-European roots.]

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From Spanish

Examples

  • Piragua* the other night," "don't go by Zapata and G where you might be assaulted," "a former policeman killed a child for stealing mamoncillo fruit," "don't even think of going to Central Havana after ten."

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