- the fruit of a West Indian tree, Grias cauliflora, somewhat resembling the mango.
- the tree itself.
Origin of anchovy pear
First recorded in 1690–1700
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- a Jamaican tree, Grias cauliflora, bearing edible fruits that taste like the mango: family Lecythidaceae
Word Origin for anchovy pear
C18: so called from the use of the fruit as an hors d'oeuvre
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