ma·​mey ma-ˈmē How to pronounce mamey (audio)
: an evergreen tree (Mammea americana of the family Guttiferae) native to the West Indies and tropical America that has an ovoid fruit with thick russet leathery rind and yellow or reddish juicy sweet flesh
also : the fruit

Examples of mamey in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Mamey — The mamey is earthy and creamy, like a funky papaya, and is incredible as a frozen dessert. Lucas Kwan Peterson, Los Angeles Times, 18 Aug. 2023 Wash it down with a mamey or papaya milkshake. Zac Jones-Gómez, Condé Nast Traveler, 2 Mar. 2022 Some purveyors are willing to give you a taste more unique offerings, like chocolate pudding fruit or mamey. Holly V. Kapherr, USA TODAY, 9 July 2019 Sourced from the nearby Mercado Coyoacan market, juicy guavas, papaya, mamey and guanábana balance the crunchy, crackly sweetness of traditional concha, a cookie-like sweet bread laced with cinnamon, found at most local bakeries, called panaderias. Sara-Mae Albert, ELLE Decor, 15 May 2019

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Word History


Spanish, from Taino

First Known Use

1604, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of mamey was in 1604

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“Mamey.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Nov. 2023.

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