Definitions starting with M

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mammee, mammee apple

[Car.; cf. Sp. from Taino mamey idem] n. a fruit tree, Mammea americana: 1788 Mammee (Mammea americana) (Schoepf 307). 1976 The big, sprawling mammie trees, with their glossy green leaves and round, golden-coloured fruit were always cherished... I now believe that this tree and its fruit got their name from the apparent likeness of the fruit to a well-formed mammary gland of a well-devel-oped black female (Eneas 8). 1978 Mammee... a round brown fruit (Dupuch 5). Mammees are big fruit that are dark brown and have large seeds (White). (Gen.)


◊Mammee (apple) must not be confused with MAMMEE SAPOTA.

Tags: fruit, noun, tree

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Last update: 2010-11-04 00:50
Author: Holm and Shilling, DBE, 1982
Revision: 1.3

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