anchovy pear


Definition of anchovy pear

1 : the fruit of a West Indian tree (Grias cauliflora) of the family Lecythidaceae often eaten as a pickle
2 : the tree that bears anchovy pears

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First Known Use of anchovy pear

1696, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for anchovy pear

so called from its use as an hors d'oeuvre

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“Anchovy pear.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Sep. 2021.

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