mir·​li·​ton | \ ˌmir-lə-ˈtōⁿ How to pronounce mirliton (audio) \
plural mirlitons

Definition of mirliton

: 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

First Known Use of mirliton

1908, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for mirliton

Louisiana French

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“Mirliton.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mirliton. Accessed 30 Nov. 2020.

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