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 Thai masterpiece teems with shrimp, mushrooms, tomatoes, lemongrass, galangal and kaffir lime leaves. CNN, "The world's 50 best foods," 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, "8 places in Utah to get soups to go this winter," 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, "San Antonio-made Bexar Tonics syrups give a puro San Antonio flair to cocktails," 15 Dec. 2020 Green beans with pork ($17) brought the subtle citrus of shredded kaffir lime leaves into clear focus. Mike Sutter, ExpressNews.com, "3 San Antonio restaurants with outstanding takeout: Thai Dee, Cappy’s and Mixtli," 11 June 2020 Add tomatoes, kaffir lime leaves and garlic chives, and cook until tomatoes soften, about 2-3 minutes. National Geographic, "Eggplant Balado," 21 May 2020 Boss points out green beans, jackfruit, and kaffir limes used in the coconut-flavored dish called lawar. Alex Postman, Condé Nast Traveler, "Finding the Bali You Came For," 16 Nov. 2018 Curry dishes include beef cheeks with sweet potato and Filipino curry; poached shrimp and bok choy in a coconut Thai curry flavored with kaffir lime leaf; and seasonal vegetables in a sour yellow coconut curry. Greg Morago, Houston Chronicle, "First look: Politan Row dining hall in Rice Village," 7 Nov. 2019 Dinner, served in the temple, was corn chowder, green-curry king salmon over kaffir lime rice, and a trio of sorbets. Peggy Mcglone, Washington Post, "The Smithsonian hosts its first wedding in D.C. — and vows more.," 18 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of kaffir lime

1910, in the meaning defined above

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“Kaffir lime.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/kaffir%20lime. Accessed 16 May. 2021.

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