key lime


often capitalized K
: a small aromatic lime

Examples of key lime in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web And most unsettlingly, the Taco Bell wizards also served up a pie bearing its recognizable color, a confection that looks custard-based and was described by those who tasted it as resembling key lime pie. Emily Heil, Washington Post, 13 Feb. 2024 Other essential oils, including key lime and stinkwort, have a similar effect. Gabe Allen, Discover Magazine, 28 Nov. 2023 Dine on a seafood dinner afterward at The Crazy Crab and share a slice of key lime pie to finish off the meal. Melissa Oyler, Charlotte Observer, 31 Jan. 2024 Plus delicious side dishes and shareable desserts like strawberry shortcake, classic key lime pie, and vegan chocolate fudge cake. Amanda Mesa, Miami Herald, 30 Jan. 2024 Don't forget a slice of their famous key lime pie for dessert. Tara Massouleh McCay, Southern Living, 6 Dec. 2023 Head to the city of Marathon, made up of 13 islands, to explore some of the best snorkeling spots in the region, go on a scenic drive across the Seven Miles Bridge, and grab a slice (or two) of key lime pie. Judy Koutsky, Travel + Leisure, 1 Dec. 2023 Steve’s Authentic Key Lime Pie offers fresh, high-quality key lime pies that’ll make a great addition to any gathering. Kathleen Felton, Better Homes & Gardens, 17 Nov. 2023 From gumbo to cornmeal catfish, key lime pie to icebox cookies, this cookbook has every Southerner’s favorite recipe. Moriah Mason, Southern Living, 14 Nov. 2023 See More

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Word History


Florida Keys

First Known Use

1905, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of key lime was in 1905

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“Key lime.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Feb. 2024.

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