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anchovy pear

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  1. the fruit of a West Indian tree, Grias cauliflora, somewhat resembling the mango.
  2. the tree itself.

Origin of anchovy pear

First recorded in 1690–1700
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British Dictionary definitions for anchovy pear

anchovy pear

  1. a Jamaican tree, Grias cauliflora, bearing edible fruits that taste like the mango: family Lecythidaceae

Word Origin

C18: so called from the use of the fruit as an hors d'oeuvre
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