mirliton

noun

mir·​li·​ton ˌmir-lə-ˈtōⁿ How to pronounce mirliton (audio)
plural mirlitons
: the pear-shaped fruit of a West Indian annual vine (Sechium edule) of the gourd family that is widely cultivated as a vegetable : chayote
Louisiana fills its birds with oyster dressing and adds side dishes of baked plantains and a local squash called mirliton.Horace Sutton
Recommended are any of the gumbos, the stuffed mirliton, and broiled flounder, as well as the bread pudding and carrot cake.Stanley Dry
also : the plant
Tomatoes and okra and mirlitons (a kind of gourd or squash) are easily grown … Florence Fabricant

Word History

Etymology

Louisiana French

First Known Use

1908, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of mirliton was in 1908

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“Mirliton.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mirliton. Accessed 21 Jun. 2024.

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