\ˈmā-(ˌ)ō \

Definition of mayo 

(Entry 1 of 3)


biographical name
\ˈmā-(ˌ)ō \

Definition of Mayo (Entry 2 of 3)

Charles Horace 1865–1939 and his brother William James 1861–1939 American surgeons


geographical name

Definition of Mayo (Entry 3 of 3)

1 \ˈmī-(ˌ)ō \ river 250 miles (402 kilometers) long in the northwestern Mexico state of Sonora flowing southwest into the Gulf of California

2 \ˈmā-(ˌ)ō \ county of northwestern Ireland on the Atlantic in Connacht; capital Castlebar area 2084 square miles (5418 square kilometers), population 130,638

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Pour in the half cup of tahini mayo, the lemon zest and the remaining tablespoon of lemon juice, the scallions, carrot, dates and the remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt, then toss until well incorporated. Bonnie S. Benwick, charlotteobserver, "Tahini and chicken salad is the perfect pairing," 12 June 2018 There’s also shredded lettuce and special creamy mayo sauce with a hint of horseradish. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, "Top 5 burgers to try in metro Detroit this summer," 25 June 2018 Top each tortilla with a bit of wasabi mayo mix, some cabbage, and some avocado slides. Susan Russo,, "Avocado aficionado: Sam the Cooking Guy," 4 June 2018 BEETsteak Burger - Marinated beet, pickled red onion, leaf lettuce, tomato, shoots, chipotle mayo, extra virgin olive oil and sea salt on an olive oil brioche bun. Debbi Snook,, "Chef Jose Andres' concept headlines new Cleveland Clinic food court (photos)," 10 May 2018 As its name implies, Duckfat specializes in cooking things in duck fat; best among them, the Belgian-style fries, which come with standard (Heinz, malt vinegar) or more inventive (truffle ketchup, garlic mayo) condiments. Sarah Firshein, Town & Country, "The Ultimate Travel Guide to Portland, Maine," 13 Apr. 2017 There's halibut Sitka, made with chopped green onions in the mayo spread. Julia O'malley, Anchorage Daily News, "Alaskana recipe: Halibut Olympia a little better than you remember," 12 July 2018 In a medium bowl, whisk together 3 Tbsp fat-free mayo, 2 Tbsp Dijon mustard, 2 tsp white vinegar, a dash each of salt and black pepper, and 1 tsp granulated sugar. Lisa Lillien, Redbook, "A Slimmer Summer BBQ," 22 July 2011 The actual unlimited lunch menu includes smaller plates, such as crispy shrimp, a burger slider made with honey wasabi mayo, and pork dumplings. Lauren Delgado,, "First Bite: Dragonfly Robata Grill & Sushi's Sunday izakaya lunch," 9 July 2018

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circa 1960, in the meaning defined above

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