acai

noun
\ ˌä-ˌsä-ˈē How to pronounce acai (audio) , -sī-ˈē \
variants: or less commonly açai

Definition of acai

1a or acai berry : a small, dark purple, berrylike fruit with a juicy pulp that is often used in beverages or eaten raw and that is produced by a tall, slender palm (Euterpe oleracea) native to tropical rain forests of Central and South America
b : the palm (Euterpe oleracea) that produces acai berries
2 : a beverage made from the juice of the acai berry Rio de Janeiro is the city that worships health and beauty and where the healthy and the beautiful drink acai.— Alex Bellosz

Examples of acai in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In the midst of learning all these gems, guests also munched on delicious, colorful acai bowls and yummy breakfast burritos while the brunch tables were adorned with the most ethereal floral arrangements, setting the tone for the rest of the day. Teen Vogue, "Every Single Self-Care Tip We Learned From Our Brunch With PINK," 6 Nov. 2019 The menu includes protein bowls, salads, sandwiches, fresh juice, protein shakes, acai bowls and breakfast items. Priscilla Totiyapungprasert, azcentral, "Pizza, burgers and craft beer: 41 new restaurants opened in metro Phoenix in October," 5 Nov. 2019 And speaking of those, my daughter’s go-to at 3Natives is the Chronic ($7, $9 — acai, granola, banana, strawberry, kiwi, pineapple, coconut shavings and honey). Amy Drew Thompson, orlandosentinel.com, "Good vibes reggae, eats at 3Natives | Review," 12 Sep. 2019 The chain has 40 bowls on its menu, as well as smoothies made from fruit and vegetables, including acai, kale and avocado. Paul Takahashi, Houston Chronicle, "Rush Bowls, a Colorado meals-in-a-bowl concept, to debut in Houston," 21 Aug. 2019 Dragonfruit is the new acai, if any fruit that has been around for ages can be the new version of any other fruit. Maura Judkis, Washington Post, "The new Starbucks dragonfruit drink tastes like — oh, who cares? It’s pink!," 18 June 2019 Dragonfruit is the new acai, if any fruit that has been around for ages can be the new version of any other fruit. Maura Judkis, The Know, "The new Starbucks dragonfruit drink tastes like — oh, who cares? It’s pink!," 18 June 2019 In June, designer John Bosley, formerly with Raygun, opened Bozz Prints (posters, shirts, mugs); home and gift shop MōMere recently moved to a bright, larger space; and an acai bowl cafe has joined the mix. Melanie D.g. Kaplan / Washington Post, Twin Cities, "Des Moines is on the move with an emerging food and cocktail scene," 20 Aug. 2019 Rush’s signature bowl is the Beach Bowl (327 calories), a blend of acai, banana, mango and guava juice. Linda Zavoral, The Mercury News, "East Bay gets its second Rush Bowls restaurant," 31 July 2019

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First Known Use of acai

circa 1868, in the meaning defined at sense 1b

History and Etymology for acai

borrowed from Brazilian Portuguese assaí, uaçaí, açaí, the palm Euterpe oleracea, borrowed from Tupi *ɨβasaí, from ɨβá "plant, fruit" + an element of uncertain meaning

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“Acai.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/acai. Accessed 14 December 2019.

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