key lime

noun, often capitalized K

Definition of key lime

: a small aromatic lime

Examples of key lime in a Sentence

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Or, wash down a plate of crab cakes with key lime butter with a hibiscus martini, beachside, at Lazy Days. Jennifer M. Wood, Condé Nast Traveler, "3 Best Day Trips from Miami," 4 Mar. 2018 Her Sweet Whispers are crisp, yet airy little cookies with key lime, passion fruit, blackberry or raspberry preserves tucked inside; more flavors are on the way. Florence Fabricant, New York Times, "Light as Air and Filled With Flavor," 2 July 2018 The chain’s 3rd Street location is making peach, chocolate cream, salted caramel, key lime and s’mores pies, all $45. Sara Cagle,, "Where to pick up pie for the Fourth of July," 27 June 2018 Add on a slice of key lime cake ($3.35) to complete the diet fail — it’s worth it. Colleen Creamer, New York Times, "36 Hours in Chattanooga," 24 May 2018 Gluten-free key lime dream, a dark chocolate turtle cheesecake and chocolate truffle bomb are among the desserts ($6 or $7). Vickie Snow Jurkowski, Daily Southtown, "Trail's Edge Brewing Company offers full menu, lots of craft beer options in downtown Frankfort," 16 May 2018 Smooth chocolate shells reveal silky fillings like key lime wrapped in white chocolate and mounded with pecans. Liz Biro, Indianapolis Star, "5 new chocolate and dessert shops in and around Indianapolis," 12 Feb. 2018 Bakeries are still offering classics such as apple pie and key lime, but many are turning to unique flavors as well. Sophie Kaplan, USA TODAY, "Happy National Pie Day! (That's pie with an 'e')," 23 Jan. 2018 And there's new school, with flavors like key lime or pizza hamantaschen. Lynn Ischay,, "Hamantaschen adds sweetness to Purim celebrations (photos)," 28 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of key lime

1905, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for key lime

Florida Keys

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The first known use of key lime was in 1905

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English Language Learners Definition of key lime

: a small lime that is grown especially in the Florida Keys

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