sebesten

noun

se·​bes·​ten
sə̇ˈbestən
plural -s
1
a
: an East Indian tree (Cordia myxa) with white flowers in loose terminal panicles

called also Assyrian plum

b
or sebesten plum : the fruit of the sebesten used in India for pickles and dried as a demulcent
2
b
: the white edible fruit of the geiger tree

Word History

Etymology

Middle English, from Arabic sibistān, from Persian segpistān

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“Sebesten.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sebesten. Accessed 15 Jun. 2024.

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