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1. A tropical American evergreen shrub (Malpighia glabra) having pinkish flowers and red cherrylike edible fruits that are rich in vitamin C.
2. The fruit of this plant, used to make jellies and preserves and as a nutritional supplement. In both senses also called Barbados cherry.
[American Spanish, from Spanish acerola, azarolla, fruit of the Neapolitan medlar (Crataegus azarolus), a Mediterranean hawthorn bearing tart fruit used in confections and preserves, from Arabic az-zu'rūr (perhaps influenced by Latin cēreolus, wax-colored (plum)) : al-, the + zu'rūr, Neapolitan medlar (from or akin to Aramaic za'rārā, from Coptic srarooue : soure, thorn + arooue, arōou, Neapolitan medlar).]
nAlso called: Amazon cherry
1. (Botany) a small tree or shrub, Malpighia glabra, that grows in the rainforests of N South America, Central America, and Jamaica
2. (Botany) the small, soft, bright red fruit of this tree, which looks like a cherry but has a sharp flavour
[C21: from Portuguese]
ac•er•o•la(ˌæs əˈroʊ lə)
n., pl. -las.
1. the cherrylike fruit of a small West Indian tree, Malpighia glabra, of the malpighia family.
2. the tree itself.
[1940–45; < American Spanish; Sp]
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|Noun||1.||acerola - tropical American shrub bearing edible acid red fruit resembling cherries|
acerola, barbados cherry, West Indian cherry, surinam cherry - acid red or yellow cherry-like fruit of a tropical American shrub very rich in vitamin C
|2.||acerola - acid red or yellow cherry-like fruit of a tropical American shrub very rich in vitamin C|
berry - any of numerous small and pulpy edible fruits; used as desserts or in making jams and jellies and preserves