acerola

noun
ac·​er·​o·​la | \ˌa-sə-ˈrō-lə \

Definition of acerola 

: any of several tropical American shrubs (genus Malpighia of the family Malpighiaceae) especially : a large shrub or small tree (Malpighia glabra synonym M. punicifolia) found from Texas to northern South America and the West Indies that has mildly acid cherrylike fruits very rich in vitamin C

First Known Use of acerola

1875, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for acerola

borrowed from American Spanish, going back to Spanish, "fruit of the hawthorn Crataegus azarolus," earlier (14th-century Aragon) azarolla, borrowed from Arabic az-zaʽrūra, from az (assimilated form of al "the") + zaʽrūra, zuʽrūra, derivative of zuʽrūr "the hawthorn Crataegus azarolus"

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acerola

noun
ac·​er·​o·​la | \ˌas-ə-ˈrō-lə \

Medical Definition of acerola 

: a West Indian shrub (genus Malpighia) with mildly acid cherrylike fruits rich in vitamin C

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