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assai

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[uh-sahy; Italian ahs-sah-ee]
adverb Music.
  1. very: allegro assai (very quick).
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Origin of assai

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1715–25; < Italian: literally, enough ≪ Latin ad (up) to + satis enough. See asset

assai

2
[uh-sah-ee]
noun
  1. any of several slender Brazilian palms of the genus Euterpe, especially E. edulis, a species bearing a purple fruit from which a beverage is made by infusion.
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Origin of assai

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1895–1900; < Portuguese < Tupi assaí
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assai

1
adverb
  1. music (usually preceded by a musical direction) veryallegro assai
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Word Origin for assai

Italian: enough

assai

2
noun
  1. any of several Brazilian palm trees of the genus Euterpe, esp E. edulis, that have small dark purple fleshy edible fruit
  2. a beverage made from the fruit of this tree
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Word Origin for assai

via Brazilian Portuguese from Tupi
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