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Spondias purpura is a species of flowering plant in the cashew family, Anacardiaceae, that is native to tropical regions of the Americas, from Mexico to Brazil. It is also very common in most of the Caribbean Islands. It is commonly known as jocote, which derives from the Nahuatl word xocotl, meaning any kind of sour or acidic fruit. Other common names include red mombin, plum, purple mombin, hog plum, ciruela huesito (Colombia), ciruela, ciruela traqueadora (Panama), ciriguela, cirigüela, cirguela, cirguelo (Ecuador), and siniguelas (Philippines). It is a popular fruit throughout Central America, particularly in El Salvador, Nicaragua , Honduras and in Costa Rica.
Borrowed from Spanish jocote, from Classical Nahuatl.
jocote (plural jocotes)
Borrowed from Classical Nahuatl xocotl (“fruit, plum”).
- IPA(key): /xoˈkote/, [xoˈkot̪e]
- Rhymes: -ote
jocote m (plural jocotes)
- mombin (fruit, tree)