key lime

noun, often capitalized K

Definition of key lime

: a small aromatic lime

Examples of key lime in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The evening drew to a close long after sunset, as mini portions of key lime were served. Vogue, 15 July 2022 Every bakery is donating 20 pies; Wilson is baking 10 raspberry key lime pies and 10 blueberry sour cream to pair with Shades’ raspberry pistachio beer. Stefene Russell, The Salt Lake Tribune, 21 July 2022 The company also produces limited edition sauces such as key lime jalapeño and cherry chipotle habanero. Bahar Anooshahr, The Arizona Republic, 25 June 2022 Beverages offered at Fry Basket will be a salty dog cocktail (vodka, grapefruit juice, ginger, simple syrup, lime, salted rim) and 81Bay Brewing Co.’s key lime lager. Dewayne Bevil, Orlando Sentinel, 29 June 2022 Coconut lime cake with layers of coconut, key lime gelee and vanilla glaze. Marc Bona, cleveland, 27 June 2022 Perfect for large gatherings, mini key lime tarts offer easy serving alongside a delicious taste, especially from limes that have recently been harvested at the start of their season. Sunset Magazine, 14 Apr. 2022 For lovers of key lime pie, this key lime cake is soaked with lime juice and is tart, sweet, and completely delicious. Olivia Muenter, Woman's Day, 14 Apr. 2022 Dessert, choice of one, warm flourless chocolate cake, vanilla crème brûlée, pistachio macaron cake, key lime tart. Gege Reed, The Courier-Journal, 11 Apr. 2022 See More

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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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Last Updated

9 Aug 2022

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“Key lime.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Aug. 2022.

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