- A tropical American evergreen shrub (Malpighia glabra) having pinkish flowers and red cherrylike edible fruits that are rich in vitamin C.
- The fruit of this plant, used to make jellies and preserves and as a nutritional supplement. Also called In both senses also called Barbados cherry .
Origin of acerolaAmerican Spanish from Spanish acerola, azarolla fruit of the Neapolitan medlar (Crataegus azarolus), a Mediterranean hawthorn bearing tart fruit used in confections and preserves from Arabic az-zu'rūr ( perhaps influenced by Latin cēreolus wax-colored (plum) ) al- the zu'rūr Neapolitan medlar ( from or akin to Aramaic za'rārā ) ( from Coptic srarooue ) ( soure thorn ) ( arooue, arōou Neapolitan medlar )
From Spanish acerola.