\ 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 But many items are universal favorites, including acai and pitaya bowls with toppings like granola and cacao nibs; avocado toast and salads packed with fresh vegetables. Leeanne Griffin,, "Pure Foods Inc. in Bristol: Fun with plant-based recipes," 6 Oct. 2020 There are even sales on Foreo’s skincare products, from the mattifying and hydrating face masks to the brand’s new masks infused with rose, honey, acai berry, and coconut oil. Claudia Fisher,, "The Facial Cleansing Devices Used by Miley Cyrus, Chrissy Teigen, and Even John Legend Are Up to 50% Off," 2 Dec. 2019 The couple has been dating since late last year, and initially sparked romance rumors in October when they were seen kissing at an acai bowl shop in West Hollywood. Rania Aniftos, Billboard, "Miley Cyrus Strips Down to Lingerie to Give Cody Simpson a Super Bowl 'Supercut'," 4 Feb. 2020 Indie Superette’s acai and chia pudding bowls, including the Marina chia bowl filled with strawberries, banana, honey, blueberries and coconut flakes, are also all $12. Justin Phillips,, "Indie Superette from Michael Mina opens in San Francisco’s Cow Hollow," 30 Jan. 2020 New to Middletown as of spring 2019, Prince House serves signature poke bowls, acai and pitaya bowls, and smoothies. Leeanne Griffin,, "10 places to find delicious, Instagrammable poké bowls in Connecticut," 12 Nov. 2019 Frozen acai and fresh juices provide energy and refreshment on walks around town. National Geographic, "See Rio like a Nat Geo Explorer," 11 Mar. 2019 Bees make the golden pellets from foraged pollen to feed to their babies while humans looking for the next big superfood use it to top acai bowls, multigrain porridges, and other brunch staples. Aliza Abarbanel, Bon Appétit, "I’d Happily Eat This Bee Pollen Chocolate Bar as a Daily Supplement," 12 Feb. 2020 Kickstart your day with coffee, an acai bowl, and a great view of Cloud 9 beachside at Shaka ( Raymond Ang, WSJ, "From Surfer Secret to Jet-Set Getaway," 1 Feb. 2020

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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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