kaffir lime

noun
variants: or Kaffir lime

Definition of kaffir lime

: a citrus tree (Citrus hystrix) of southeastern Asia having aromatic leaves and roundish thick-rinded green fruits used especially in Thai cooking also : its leaves or fruit

Examples of kaffir lime in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The hearty handheld packs fried chicken thigh meat, greens and kaffir lime leaf aioli inside a potato bun. Megha Mcswain, Chron, 13 July 2022 While deep fried tofu and broccoli comes with herbs from the resort’s own garden, kaffir lime, chili and kimchi toasted sesame seeds. Angelina Villa-clarke, Forbes, 20 June 2022 Fresh blossoms open, with lovely ocean salinity and whiffs of kaffir lime. Sara L. Schneider, Robb Report, 17 May 2021 Thai masterpiece teems with shrimp, mushrooms, tomatoes, lemongrass, galangal and kaffir lime leaves. CNN, 13 Apr. 2021 Owner Wilat Mongkolprasit recommends the coconut soup, or tom kha gai, which includes a choice of protein, cilantro, galangal, garlic, green onion, kaffir lime leaf, lemongrass, and mushrooms. Larrisa Beth Turner, The Salt Lake Tribune, 25 Dec. 2020 In addition to the quinine and prickly pear, this ruby-red syrup contains citrus peel, lavender, lemongrass, allspice, cardamom and kaffir lime leaves. Paul Stephen, ExpressNews.com, 15 Dec. 2020 Green beans with pork ($17) brought the subtle citrus of shredded kaffir lime leaves into clear focus. Mike Sutter, ExpressNews.com, 11 June 2020 Add tomatoes, kaffir lime leaves and garlic chives, and cook until tomatoes soften, about 2-3 minutes. National Geographic, 21 May 2020 See More

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First Known Use of kaffir lime

1910, in the meaning defined above

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Last Updated

25 Jul 2022

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“Kaffir lime.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/kaffir%20lime. Accessed 18 Aug. 2022.

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