miracle fruit


: a tropical African shrub (Synsepalum dulcificum) of the sapodilla family whose small red fruit contains a glycoprotein that when applied to the tongue causes sour substances to taste sweet
also : its fruit

Examples of miracle fruit in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web While party-goers thrilled at the miracle fruit’s tongue-teasing trick, scientists were equally intrigued. Ed Yong, Discover Magazine, 26 Sep. 2011 Cortical representation of taste-modifying action of miracle fruit in humans. Eunice Liu, Discover Magazine, 6 May 2014 Straight edge: The miracle fruit (Synsepalum dulcificum), native to West Africa, contains a glycoprotein called miraculin that binds to taste receptors on the tongue and makes sour foods taste sweet. Kirsten Weir, Discover Magazine, 10 Feb. 2011

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Word History

First Known Use

1964, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of miracle fruit was in 1964

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“Miracle fruit.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/miracle%20fruit. Accessed 25 Apr. 2024.

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