[mah-mey, -mee]



or ma·mey, mam·mey

[mah-mey, -mee]


a tall, tropical American tree, Mammea americana, having thick, glossy leaves and fragrant white flowers.
the usually round, edible fruit of this tree, having a russet-colored rind and yellow, juicy flesh.

Origin of mammee

1565–75; < Spanish mamey, perhaps < Taino
Also called mammee apple (for defs 1, 2). Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for mamey

Historical Examples of mamey

  • Mamey (as generally descriptive of her bearing), Mild Glo'ster.

  • The mammee, or mamey, is an odd fruit, growing on high trees.

    Industrial Cuba

    Robert P. Porter

  • "Mamey calls to me—to—say—good-night—and say my prayers," she panted, and then dropped back.

    Meg's Friend

    Alice Abigail Corkran

  • The little girl, Mamey, mamey, der is doi Rawngas avelin accai atch a pray.

    Gipsy Life

    George Smith

British Dictionary definitions for mamey


mammee or mammee apple


a tropical American tree, Mammea americana, cultivated for its large edible fruits: family Clusiaceae
the fruit of this tree, having yellow pulp and a red skin
another name for the marmalade tree

Word Origin for mamey

C16: from Spanish mamey, from Haitian



a variant spelling of mamey
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