al·​phon·​so | \ al-ˈfän-(ˌ)zō How to pronounce alphonso (audio) \
variants: or Alphonso
plural alphonsos or Alphonsos

Definition of alphonso

: a small mango grown in India that has yellowish skin and bright orange flesh a perfectly ripened Alphonso Right now comes the mango most connoisseurs wait for: the alphonso, grown in the humid districts on the western coast.— Steven R. Weisman, New York Times, 4 June 1986 … and, best of all, the alphonso with its melting, satiny flesh hinting of peach but also of pineapple, pear, and litchi.— Margo True, Saveur, June 2005

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First Known Use of alphonso

1859, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for alphonso

alteration (conformed to the name Alphonso) of Goan Portuguese (manga) affonsa, a variety of mango

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“Alphonso.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Aug. 2022.

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