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[mang-goh] /ˈmæŋ goʊ/
noun, plural mangoes, mangos.
the oblong, sweet fruit of a tropical tree, Mangifera indica, of the cashew family, eaten ripe, or preserved or pickled.
the tree itself.
Midland U.S. chiefly the Ohio Valley. a sweet pepper.
Ornithology. any of several large hummingbirds of the genus Anthracothorax.
Origin of mango
1575-85; < Portuguese manga, probably < Malayalam māṅṅa Unabridged
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  • All parts of the mango tree have a resinous fragrance, that suggests turpentine.

    Fruits of the Hawaiian Islands Gerrit Parmile Wilder
  • He then places in this little mound a mango stone and covers the whole with a cloth.

    Indian Conjuring L. H. Branson
  • These holy relics are carried in front and the mango tree itself brings up the rear of the procession.

    Balder The Beautiful, Vol. I. Sir James George Frazer
  • A faint hope rose in my heart that they might proceed from Leo and mango.

    In the Wilds of Africa W.H.G. Kingston
  • A bright green and gold parrot in the mango tree over the wall had heard the conversation.

    Fairy Tales from Brazil Elsie Spicer Eells
British Dictionary definitions for mango


noun (pl) -goes, -gos
a tropical Asian anacardiaceous evergreen tree, Mangifera indica, cultivated in the tropics for its fruit
the ovoid edible fruit of this tree, having a smooth rind and sweet juicy orange-yellow flesh
Word Origin
C16: via Portuguese from Malay mangā, from Tamil mānkāy from mān mango tree + kāy fruit
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Word Origin and History for mango

1580s, from Portuguese manga, from Malay mangga, from Tamil mankay, from man "mango tree" + kay "fruit." Mango trees were brought from Timor to British gardens in Jamaica and St. Vincent 1793 by Capt. Bligh on his second voyage.

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