acai

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noun \ˌä-ˌsä-ˈē, -sī-ˈē\
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açai

Definition of acai

  1. 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 Americab :  the palm (Euterpe oleracea) that produces acai berries

  2. 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

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Origin and Etymology of acai

borrowed from Brazilian Portuguese assaí, uaçaí, açaí, the palm Euterpe oleracea, borrowed from Tupi * i̵βasaí, from  i̵βá “plant, fruit” + an element of uncertain meaning

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